Joukouin Yakata




Originally Jōkōin was the residence of the Mochiźuki Clan and the kyokan (living area) for Mochiźukijō. Jōkōin-yakata is named for the temple. Jōkōin was established as the clan’s ancestral temple in 1475. The temple venerates the Mochiźuki family to this day, its objects of veneration dating to the Muromachi period when the Mochiźuki rebuilt their castle here.

See Saku Mochizuki Castle.

Visit Notes

Jōkōin-yakata is now the site of Jōkōin for which it is named. It’s a fine temple with ishigaki and walls not unlike a castle, I suppose, and one part even has an angled entrance with a gate, a configuration which possibly originated with the yakata (fortified manor hall).

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Castle Profile
English Name Joukouin Yakata
Japanese Name 城光院館
Alternate Names 佐久望月城居館
Founder Mochizuki Clan
Year Founded 1475
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Koguchi
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Nearest stations are Hirasaku on the Kōmi Line and Higashi-Komoro Station on the Shinano Railway
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Saku, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 16' 3.50" N, 138° 21' 43.92" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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