Hoshina Yakata

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Hoshina-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Hoshina Clan. It was constructed in the 15th century, probably before 1489 when Hoshina Masatoshi founded Kōtokuji, a temple which remains on site to this day. In 1513 Murakami Yorihira, the father of Murakami Yoshikiyo, expanded his territory to the north, conquering the lands of the Hoshina, Takanashi, Inōe and Suda clans. Hoshina-yakata was razed to the ground during the invasion. The manor hall complex was wholly destroyed by fire except for the rear gate, which was re-purposed as the sōmon (general gate) of Kōtokuji when it was rebuilt in 1533 (it is said that this gate is the same one which stands today).

Visit Notes

Hoshina-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in the Wakaho area of Nagano Municipality. The site is now a temple, Kōtokuji. The temple precincts are elevated somewhat with stone-piled retaining walls. Kōtokuji's gate is held to be an original structure from the yakata, which, if true, would make it one of the oldest surviving structures from a medieval yakata (manor hall), dating to before 1513 when the yakata was destroyed.

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  • Main gate of the temple; said to be the yakata's rear gate

Castle Profile
English Name Hoshina Yakata
Japanese Name 保科館
Founder Hoshina Masatoshi
Year Founded Before 1489
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts gate (伝)
Features gates
Visitor Information
Access I cycled to this site after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Website https://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/furinkazan/shiseki/entry/000553.php.html
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 35' 23.32" N, 138° 15' 55.87" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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