Otaya Yakata

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The Otaya-yakata was the fortified residence of the Nishimaki Clan from the Kamakura Period onwards. The Nishimaki were local land-owners. The Otaya-yakata had a "凸" layout and was surrouned by dorui (earthen embankments) for protection. During the Sengoku Period the Nishimaki built several mountain castles to retreat to in times of conflict. The closest to Otaya-yakata are Azumi Nishimaki Castle, a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) and a satellite fortification known as Kameyama-toride (a "toride" is a small fort) (also Azumi Kameyama Castle). Today the site of the Otaya-yakata is farmland and apple orchards.

Visit Notes

Note: only ruins today


Castle Profile
English Name Otaya Yakata
Japanese Name 於田屋館
Founder Nishimaki Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Hata Station on the Kamikouchi Line; 45 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; farmland
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 11.96" N, 137° 50' 53.84" E
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