Horinouchi Yakata (Azumi)

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

  • 'Shiroyama', site of yakata

Castle Profile
English Name Horinouchi Yakata (Azumi)
Japanese Name 安曇堀之内館
Alternate Names 池田山城
Founder Ikeda Clan
Year Founded Muromachi Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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