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.
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.
|English Name||Kamigatou Yashiki|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|