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.
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.
|English Name||Ohkunugi Yakata|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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