Ohkunugi Yakata

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Ôkunugi-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Ogata Clan. The yakata was located in the northeast corner of a plateau called Ôkunugi (‘Large Sawtooth Oak’), and a path ran down to Tsurugawa (Tsurugawa Yakata) from here. The Ogata Clan was probably in vassalage to the Katō Clan which in turn served the Takeda Clan in defending the eastern border of Kai. The Ogata Clan may have also been responsible for guarding Nagamine-toride in the west.

Visit Notes

Nothing obvious remains of Ôkunugi-yakata; to the east was a creek which now has a pedestrian path, and this may have acted as a natural moat. There is also a long, wide depression in the west which is now fields, and some speculate that this was a moat of the yakata, but most sources say no ruins remain. There are several such depressions on this plateau and they don't look to me like medieval earthworks, though I don't know their origin. Unfortunately the site of the yakata itself is now a large nursing home. I just passed by quickly on my way to Nagamine Fort.


Castle Profile
English Name Ohkunugi Yakata
Japanese Name 大椚館
Founder Ogata Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access The nearest station is Uenohara Station on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Uenohara, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 38' 1.90" N, 139° 5' 26.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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Jōkaku Hōrōki

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