Kamigatou Yashiki

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Kamigatō-yashiki is thought to have been the fortified residence of Katō Kagekado in the Kamakura period. Katō Kagekado fought with Yasuda Yoshisada of the Kai-Genji Clan. Kamigatō-yashiki measured about 60m on each side in a simple square layout; it was surrounded by dorui.

The 'gatō (河東)' in Kamigatō is a morphology of 'Katō (加藤)', the clan name. What was originally the township (defined as a collection of villages) of Katō is now divided between Kamigatō ('Upper Katō') in Shōwa Municipality and Shimogatō ('Lower Katō) in Chūō Municipality. In medieval Japan, clans took their names from the territory they ruled.

Visit Notes

The site of Kamigatō-yashiki is now that of Kumano Shrine; some very shallow dorui (earthen ramparts) remain immediately north of the shrine hall, appearing to form a corner segment of the ramparts.

  • Withered Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Kamigatou Yashiki
Japanese Name 上河東屋敷
Founder Katō Kagekado
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Jōei Station on the Minobu Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Shōwa, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 37' 7.57" N, 138° 31' 42.85" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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