Onikuma Yakata

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Onikuma-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Onikuma Clan. The Onikuma Clan served the Aoyagi Clan, and they manned the nearby fort of Nishijōjō, which, along with Higashijōjō, protected Aoyagi territory in the valley which runs between the Chikuma and Sarashina districts.

Visit Notes

The fortified manor house of the "Demon Bear Clan (Onikuma-shi)" sits on a plateau overlooking a river. The site is now on private property, but I had a look from below. The advantage of the terrain is obvious enough but I found no ruins of the yakata.

  • Rise on which the yakata sat seen from across the Onikuma River

Castle Profile
English Name Onikuma Yakata
Japanese Name 鬼熊館
Founder Onikuma Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nishijō Station on the Shinonoi Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Chikuhoku, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 24' 2.12" N, 138° 0' 16.49" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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