Ishitono Yashiki


IshitonoYashiki (1).JPG


Ishitono-yashiki was the fortified residence of Shimomura Yukie in the ealry 16th century. Due to the similar names, it is easy to assume that Ishitono-yashiki was the residential annex of Ishimurajō, the fortified mountain redoubt, and the two fortifications formed a jōkan (castle-hall) pairing, but Ishimurajō was only a small fort, perhaps built as a simple watchtower than a place to mount a serious defence of the land. The fort is also believed to have been built before the residence. 'Ishi' is the name of the village, thus Ishimurajō is 'Ishi Village Castle', and Ishitono-yashiki is the 'Lord of Ishi's Residence'. The neighbouring temple, which stands today, was constructed by the lord of the manor in 1532.

Visit Notes

Ishitono-yashiki is a medieval fortified residence site in Toyono Township, Nagano Municipality. The site is now a private residence, but just over the stream along the lane that leads there, there is a clump of earth with a sign board and a large tree; the tree is called the 'Tono-yashiki weeping gingko', and is a natural landmark locally. There is also a small stone marker to mark the yashiki itself.


Castle Profile
English Name Ishitono Yashiki
Japanese Name 石殿屋敷
Founder Shimomura Yukie
Year Founded Early 16th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Toyono Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 42' 29.27" N, 138° 15' 38.88" E
Loading map...
Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle

(one vote)
Add your comment welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.