Horinouchi Yakata (Azumi)
Little is known of Horinōchi-yakata but it is thought to have been the fortified manor hall of the Ikeda Clan in the Muromachi period. The Ikeda served the Nishina Clan and fought for them at the Battle of Ôtō in 1400.
There are no remains of Horinōchi-yakata, but it is thought to have been positioned on a ridge in the settlement which bears its name. There are three ridges which terminate in bluffs in a row climbing up the foot of the mountains here, and at the bottom is a shrine, Horinōchi-Mishima-jinja. It is thought that the residence sat on the terrain behind the middle bluff with the village below it. It is possible a look-out tower was mounted on the lower bluff above the shrine. I actually went up to the top bluff as well because there is an ancient burial mound here called Oninokama-kofun ('Demon Sickle Mound'). Horinōchi-yakata is also speculated to be the same fortification known to history as Ikedayamajō.
|English Name||Azumi Horinouchi Yakata|
|Year Founded||Muromachi Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shinano-Matsukawa Station on the Ôito Line; 45 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Access Limited|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Ikeda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 26' 8.16" N, 137° 52' 51.49" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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