Kitagejou Yashiki


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There is some speculation that Kitagejō-yashiki was the medieval fortified residence of the Furusawa Clan. The Oyamada Clan built the nearby Kitagejō-rui, but the relationship between the two clans is not clear, and nor is the date of construction for each site known exactly. See Kitagejō-rui (Kitagejou Fort) for more info'.

Visit Notes

The site of Kitagejō-yashiki is now fields, bamboo groves and residential plots. I tried to get as close as possible to a large grove of bamboo, suspecting ruins there. In doing so I came across a row of bamboo leading away from the main grove between houses. Here I found what looked like dorui (earthen ramparts). The dorui can be found on either side of a Chinese restaurant. There is a large garden adjacent. I wasn't sure if it was part of the restaurant or what but there was no barrier separating them. There is a grand old house here with impressive walls. I went around this home. I don't know how old any of the architecture is, but it is nonetheless impressive, and there is also a fine gate. This, thought I, must be the true inheritor of the old medieval residence. It seems another castle blogger found another part of the dorui on the other side of the garden and restaurant, so it goes on a fair way. It's hard to know the dimensions of the site just from this broken line of old ramparts, but my suspicion is that the fortified area was fairly spacious, probably in the same ballpark area as Kitagejō-rui to the northwest.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kitagejou Yashiki
Japanese Name 北下条屋敷
Founder Oyamada Clan; Furusawa Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 43' 32.12" N, 138° 26' 48.30" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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