Jikōin-yakata was the site of a fortified residential area of the lords in charge of the Iinawajō complex of fortifications on the mountain above which were built by the Ogasawara clan. Day-to-day affairs were carried out here, the area being also described as the ôte (main gate) of the castle. The castle-village spread below where the peasants who worked the lord's fields lived. For a yakata the Jikōin-yakata was quite heavily fortified with its own mini redoubt directly above.
Jikōin-yakata is actually a small complex of fortifications at the foot of the castle mount of Iinawajō. A series of now forested terraces are the former site of a fortified manor house. There are the remains of several karabori (dry moats). Slightly above the temple Jikōin, where the site gets it (anachronistic) name, next to the rail road, was a fortified bailey space. Here dorui (earthen ramparts) can still be discerned.
I felt like I didn’t do a thorough enough job of exploring this site during my first visit. Most of the ruins are in a forest to the east of the temple Jikōin, for which the site is named. There is also a fort site to the west of the temple which I wanted to check out called Jikouin Fort. I took the opportunity to revisit here, and this time checked further up the slope, finding several bands of terracing and a long karabori (dry moat) beneath what I took to be the yakata’s main enclosure.
|English Name||Jikouin Yakata|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Karabori, Dorui, &c|
|Access||Shiojiri Station on the Chūō Main Line; 45minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7; Free; Temple|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 5' 35.23" N, 137° 58' 27.88" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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