Motohori Yakata




The Motohori-yakata was the medieval fortified manor house of the Motohori Clan, who were vassals of the lords of Wakatsukijō to the northwest. The Wakatsuki were defeated by the Murakami in the early 16th century and forced to flee south to their allies at Aoyagijō. The Motohori were defeated at this time.

Visit Notes

I stopped by the site of Motohori-yakata as part of my walking tour of former fortification sites in suburban Nagano. Although no ruins remain of this fortified manor house, a signpost can be found in a small garden in the middle of a suburban development area. It is next to a "grave for ancestors".


Castle Profile
English Name Motohori Yakata
Japanese Name 本堀館
Founder Motohori Clan
Year Founded Medieval Times
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Shinano-Yoshida Station on the Nagano Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Marker
Time Required 2 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 40' 28.60" N, 138° 13' 35.51" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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