Kitsune, meaning 'fox', were bushi (samurai) who kept a secret watch, or guarded an area whilst remaining hidden or disguised. The Kitsuneyashiki-yakata, or 'Fox House Manor Hall', was inhabited by vassals of the lords of nearby Hayaotoshijō, which was initially controlled by the Akazawa Clan but was transferred to the Gochō Clan under the Ogasawara, and then later regained by the Akazawa.
Kitsuneyashiki-yakata, a curiously named yashiki and / or yakata (fortified residence) site, is still inhabited and now various old homes built in the vernacular architectural style remain; it is a family hamlet surrounded by fields and rice paddies beneath the castle-mount of Hayaotoshi Castle.
|English Name||Kitsuneyashiki Yakata|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kita-Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line; 15 minute drive or 80 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 16' 49.94" N, 137° 59' 0.46" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|