Kagami Yakata

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Kagami-yakata was a fortified manor hall constructed by Kagami Tômitsu, the third son of Henmi Kiyomitsu of the third generation of the Kai-Genji Clan. Kagami Tômitsu would also found the Akiyama and Ogasawara clans. Kagami Tômitsu fought for Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate, from 1180. Kagami-yakata was surrounded by earthen ramparts and water moats. The ramparts enclosed a square compound and ran for about 100m on each side. In 1208 the yakata was converted into Hōzenji, a temple which stands today.

Visit Notes

Kagami-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in Kagami Township of South Alps Municipality. The site is now that of a temple, Hōzenji. To the south is a waterway which is supposed to have been a moat, though it has been narrowed for road construction and modernised as an irrigation channel. The retaining wall and parapet wall are also clearly modern, but add a little to the atmosphere. Some information boards at the temple explain about the history of the site and Kagami Tômitsu, the lord of the manor. The temple has an elegant gatehouse, and a modern hall housing a large statue of Fudōmyōō (Lord Akala, Immovable Wisdom King).

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  • Site marker and moat trace

Castle Profile
English Name Kagami Yakata
Japanese Name 加賀美館
Founder Kagami Tômitsu
Year Founded 12th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Koikawa Station on the Minobu Line; Minami-Alps IC
Visitor Information Hōzenji Temple
Time Required 20 mins
Location Minami-Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 36' 9.94" N, 138° 29' 6.04" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
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Jōkaku Hōrōki

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