Oyamada Bessou Yashiki

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The Oyamada-Bessō-yashiki was a residence of the Oyamada Clan who ruled Tsuru in the 16th century. It is thought that it was built as an emergency residence and seat for the clan by Oyamada Nobuari after Nakatsumori Yakata, the clan's main headquarters, unexpectedly burnt down around 1530. Oyamada-shi Bessō is also speculated to have been the kyokan (residential annex) for the fort, called Yamura-noroshidai, which was built on the mountain above. Yamura Castle on the plain soon became the main base of the Oyamada Clan in 1532.

Visit Notes

The Oyamada-Bessō-yashiki is a medieval residence site in Tsuru Municipality. The site is now that of a temple, Chōanji. The temple contains a nursery, and this has inspired some interesting design motifs. Chōanji was built by Torii Mototada in 1585, so the residnece must've been gone by that time. No ruins remain of the residence. There is a stone marker just in front of the temple to signify the residence's former existence.

  • Site marker for yashiki

Castle Profile
English Name Oyamada Bessou Yashiki
Japanese Name 小山田別荘屋敷
Alternate Names Oyamada-shi Bessō
Founder Oyamada Nobuari
Year Founded 1530
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Yamuramachi Station on the Ôtsuki Line; 5 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 33' 0.68" N, 138° 54' 27.50" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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