Ôbayashi-yashiki was the fortified residence of the Shimojō Clan. Its origins are unclear but the Shimojō served the Takeda. The compound was protected by earthworks such as ramparts and moats.
Ôbayashi-yashiki is a medieval fortified residence site in the Minowa area of Takane Township in Hokuto Municipality, Yamanashi Prefecture. The site is now a forest and field, but to the north there are clear remnants of dorui (earthen ramparts) and karabori (dry moats) with a break in the defensive line which was probably the site’s koguchi (‘tiger maw’ gated entrance). It was hard to take pictures of the ramparts and moats because of all of the bamboo grass growing, but the main bailey is an open field; I found a curious ring of stones there. A water channel dug into the dorui at one point gave a good impression of the depth of the piled earth.
Now I look at some of the pictures, I know that they do not actually provide proof of what I claimed to have seen, the physical remains being so obscurred by overgrowth, and the camera capturing only a flat image which makes it hard to appreciate the contours of the earth. Are some of my photographs meaningless even though I was looking at medieval ruins when I took them? This must be what it's like for people who photograph bigfoot!
|English Name||Ohbayashi Yashiki|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 49' 9.95" N, 138° 25' 41.48" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|