It is thought that the Ôtaridaira-yakata was originally the site of a fortified residence of the Tōhara Clan, and that after they relocated to Tōharajō the Ôtari Clan were left in charge and it became the site of their fortified manor hall.
This yakata site, Ôtaridaira-yakata, is located close to the Kōji-yakata. I was passing by so even though night had fallen I thought I'd give it ago with my camera's flash. There is an embankment by the roadside, and this is where the fortified manor hall sat. I could make this out more clearly than my camera as there were some street lamps nearby (lucky in rural Japan). I ascended a path up the embankment. There is a cemetery here with graves for the Horidaira and Takizawa families. I had already encountered Horidaira graves that day when I went to Sasanojō. It was strange to find graves up on a mountain like that, but the Horidaira lived up until modern times just below the castle there. Perhaps they moved down into the valley then? No one is around to tend the old graves on the mountain, and many of these tombstones look more modern. '大足平' is an interesting clan name, as it literally means 'big foot plain'. One thing that you may not know about me is that I'm an avid bigfoot enthusiast, which is to say that whilst I may not believe in the existence of bigfoot I am none the less intrigued by the cryptozoological phenomena - I may draw parallels between it and the ninja phenomena!
|English Name||Ohtaridaira Yakata|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 30 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7; Free; Fields|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 21' 0.14" N, 137° 56' 29.80" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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