Nakakaido Yakata


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Nakakaido-yakata was the fortified residence of a local clan, perhaps the Uno Clan, and possibly functioned as the kyokan for Koikejō, a yamajiro to the east (mountaintop castles were often paired with fortified residences on plains, serving as redoubts to retreat to in times of siege or conflict). It had an annex to the north, the kita-yashiki, and stores for the township of Kitariku-gō were located here. It is thought that a village was built up around the yakata.

Visit Notes

The site of Nakakaido-yakata, enclosed by the meandering of the Sai River, is bucolic enough, but it seems that reconfiguration of the terrain for rice paddies has led to the destruction of all remains of the yakata (fortified manor hall). However, there is a signboard with information about the yakata, which is nice.

  • 'Kaido' uses the kanji 海道 (lit. 'sea road'), not 街道 (lit. 'town road'), and it is pronounced 'Kaido' with a "short vowel", not 'Kaidō' with a "long vowel".

  • Explanation board at site

Castle Profile
English Name Nakakaido Yakata
Japanese Name 中海道館
Alternate Names 下生野中海道館
Founder Uno Clan?
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ikusaka, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 24' 28.37" N, 137° 55' 19.70" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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