Ogawara Yakata

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Among the vassals of Inōe Mitsumori, a member of the Kiso-Minamoto who founded the Takai-Minamoto, were the Hoshina Clan, and one of their men was one Ogawara Saburō. This man was taken to Kamakura, initially with grim prospects it seems, but he became a direct retainer of the Shōgun there. The Ogawara Clan who used Ogawara-yakata as their fortified residence were likely vassals of the Inōe then.

Local folklore tells that a large amount of cold coins were found buried in the fields here, and the area became known as Chōja-yashiki. A ‘Chōja’ is a wealthy landowner. There are many ‘Chōja-yashiki’ sites, and this ‘Chōja-yashiki’ is presumed to be a reference to Ogawara-yakata.

Visit Notes

Ogawara-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in Ogawara, Suzaka Municipality. No ruins remain but there is a signboard detailing the site’s history on-site. It is known locally as the Chōja-yashiki, which refers to a wealthy provincial landowner.

  • Site of yakata today with explanation board

Castle Profile
English Name Ogawara Yakata
Japanese Name 小河原館
Founder Ogawara Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Kita-Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line; 18 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 40' 4.69" N, 138° 18' 7.67" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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