The Inoko were a minor clan. They descended from both the Sasaki Clan and neighbouring Iba Clan. The founder of Inoko-yakata is listed as Lord Inoko Jirō.
Inoko-yakata was one of several fortified manor hall sites clustering around a long mountain which contained several mountain redoubt fortifications. Mount Inoko, which is now the site of a temple, I wondered about too. Was there a redoubt here used by the Inoko-yakata? Since there was already a Sanoyamajō (Sasōjō) corresponding to the Sano-yakata sites, an Ibayamajō mirroring Ibajō, and Kitasudayamajō parallel with Kitasuda-yakata, maybe the mountain was too full of fortifications already though! The peak of Mount Inoko is located between Sasōjō and Ibayamajō. There are no ruins at the Inoko-yakata and the site is now former farmland built over recently with suburban homes. Some pictures online show a raised field with what looks like it could be dorui (earthen ramparts), but I think this has already been developed over. 'Inoko (猪子)' means 'wild boar piglett'. That's a weird name. I wondered if it could also mean 'badger (獾・穴熊)'.
|English Name||Inoko Yakata|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 5 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Access Limited|
|Time Required||5 minutes|
|Location||Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 10' 36.30" N, 136° 9' 48.92" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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