Ohbayashi Yashiki

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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.

Visit Notes

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!

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Castle Profile
English Name Ohbayashi Yashiki
Japanese Name 大林屋敷
Alternate Names Shimojō-yashiki
Founder Shimojō Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Sudama IC
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
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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