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.
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).
|English Name||Joukouin Yakata|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|