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.
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.
|English Name||Ogawara Yakata|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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