Kazurayama Yakata

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This fortified residence was the home of the Kazurayama from around the 1100s to the late 1500s. It was closely situated with the homes of other retainers with a network of moats and earthen embankments. Unfortunately. the moats have been filled in. The residences on the sides of this one have been turned into farmland or private property today so you can only visit this one.

Kazurayama Castle is the mountain retreat or last redoubt (詰の城) paired with this fortified manor of the Kazurayama. See Kazurayama Castle for more details

Visit Notes

This yakata is a must see when you visit Kazurayama Castle.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kazurayama Yakata
Japanese Name 葛山館
Founder Kazurayama Clan
Year Founded Heian Period (1100s)
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Iwanami Sta (Gotenba Line), 45 min walk
Visitor Information park, open 24/7
Time Required 20 mins
Website http://www.city.susono.shizuoka.jp/soshiki/4/5/11/3/15749.html
Location Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 12' 21.89" N, 138° 53' 36.38" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2014
Admin Visits June 20, 2014
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15 months ago
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I wrote the following about the yakata site:

Kazurayama-yakata (Kazurayama, Susono, Shizuoka)  葛山館 [静岡県裾野市葛山]

Kazurayama-yakata is a fortified manor hall site. Kazurayama-yakata is now fields and the site is well maintained and open to the public. The ruins chiefly consist of dorui (earthen ramparts), which are tall and go around much of the site. At the entrance to the site there are some stone blocks piled up, but this looks modern or proto-modern rather than medieval. Strangely there is no moat, but, according to the signboard at the site, there used to be a moat but it was filled in (the area was even known as Horita, meaning ‘Moat Field’).

Few yakata sites are so well cared for, so Kazurayama-yakata feels special. I encountered a pheasant here. There used to be several yashiki (samurai residences) near the yakata, and I tried to look at the sites of two of them, the Ogita-yashiki and Handa-yashiki, but they are now on private land and no ruins remain. Two other yashiki sites were located respectively to the north and to the south of the yakata.