Kawasaki Shoujirou Yakata

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Kawasakishōjirō-yakata was the fortified manor hall of Lord Kawasaki Shōjirō, who took the name Shibuya Shigekuni; his father was Kawasaki Shigeie / Shibuya Shigeie. Shigekuni's grandfather, Kawasaki Motoie, was rewarded with territory in Shibuya for his service during the Zenkunen War (1051-1062), and resided at Shibuyajō. According to the Aźuma Kagami, Shibuya Shigekuni sheltered Sasaki Hideyoshi and his children at the manor hall in 1059 during the Heiji Disturbance. In 1189 Minamoto Yoritomo, following his defeat of Fujiwara Yasuhira, stopped at the mansion, at that time under Lord Shibuya Takashige, and dedicated a sword to the Hachiman Shrine at Shibuyajō. The Shibuya Clan declined during the Wada War of 1213 and it is possible that the Imô Clan took over the manor hall from that time since the site is also referred to as Imô-yakata. According to Edo period sources there was still a moat ruin in evidence up until some time in the 18th century.

See Shibuya Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

There is nothing to see of Kawasakishōjirō-yakata, the fortified manor hall of Lord Kawasaki Shōjirō, as the site has now been completely developed over with tall buildings. However, the remains of buildings and moats were unearthed here in 2010 (probably during the construction of Park Habio Shibuya) and subsequently reburried. I came by only because it was between the Shibuyajō site and Shibuya Station. The trees lining the roads were in blossom and I found a strange building, but that is all I can report! Shibuya is now famous for its busy intersection more than anything else.

  • Strange building. If you squint hard enough...

Castle Profile
English Name Kawasaki Shoujirou Yakata
Japanese Name 川崎庄司郎館
Alternate Names 妹尾館
Founder Shibuya Shigekuni
Year Founded After 1051
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Shibuya Station on the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line; 3 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 1 minute
Location Tokyo, Tokyo
Coordinates 35° 39' 25.56" N, 139° 42' 18.29" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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