Houzouji Yakata

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It is said that Hōzōji-yakata was used during Takeda Shingen's invasion of Shinano as part of the assault on Fukashijō (Matsumoto Castle), but it is thought that it may have been built before that as a branch residence of the Nariai Clan, along with nearby Kamaenohaka Yakata, their main base likely being the Nariai Yakata. The Nariai were vassals of the Ogasawara, nominal rulers of Shinano Province.

Visit Notes

Hōzōji is a temple in the town of Toyoshina (now part of the Azumino rural municipality). It was built on the site of a yakata, a fortified medieval residence. In front of the temple is an old, deep well. There are two signposts for the yakata at the temple: one at the entrance and one next to the main hall. This was the seventh stop on my "Yakata Tour". It is a municipal designated historic site. The remains of embankments and moats can be traced around the perimeter of the temple.


Castle Profile
English Name Houzouji Yakata
Japanese Name 法蔵寺館
Founder Nariai Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Mizubori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Toyoshina Station on the Oito Line; 5 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 18' 8.93" N, 137° 54' 16.63" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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