Kunori Yakata

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Kunori-yakata (or just Kuri-yakata), also called Hongōjō, was built as the clan residence of the Kunori Clan in 1452 by Kunori Yanin. The Kunori are said to have ruled over the territory from the Kamakura period. In the Muromachi period the Kunori were vassals of the Iba Clan. In 1487 certain Kunori clansmen aided the Shogunate in its war with the Rokkaku Clan, and took over nearby Kongōjijō. In 1491 the Shogunate returned and Ashikaga Yoshitane took over nearby Kongōderajō. It seems he was once again supported by the Kurino Clan who, in 1492, attacked Kannonjijō and looted it. By 1498 the Kurino Clan had reverted to serving the Rokkaku Clan. In 1523 the Kunori and the Iba clans rebelled against the Rokkaku and marched on Kannonjijō but this time they were repulsed at the Black Bridge, and clan leader Kunori Takao was killed.

The village surrounding the Kunori estate was originally called Kunori but was changed to Kongōji in the Meiji period. The neighbourhood is still called Nishihongō, referring to it being the original centre of the settlement. The local name 'Ôyashiki' remains in reference to the yakata.

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Kunori-yakata and the site is now a residential area and shrines. A signboard about the history of this site can be found near Wakamiya-jinja. Hongō-jinja is also nearby.


Castle Profile
English Name Kunori Yakata
Japanese Name 九之里館
Alternate Names 本郷城
Founder Kunori Yanin
Year Founded 1452
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ōmi-Hachiman Station on the Biwako Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 7' 27.62" N, 136° 6' 42.62" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
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Masaki Shibata

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