Sawazoko Horinouchi Yakata


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Sawazokohorinōchi-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Sawazoko Clan of Ina District. Their control of an important confluence of water sources made them powerful locally. Sawazokohorinōchi-yakata was built in the mid’ 16th century on a fan-shaped projection of earth at the foot of a mountain, and it was made up of a 50m2 bailey separated from the plateau by a dry moat at the end of that promontory. After the medieval era the site reverted to farmland and the moat was filled in.

Visit Notes

The hidden valley of Sawazoko with its beautiful rural scenery and architecture is the site of two manor hall sites. I enjoyed playing hide and seek with ducks in rice paddies. The site of Sawazokohorinōchi-yakata is located close to ‘Japan’s Oldest Dōsojin’. Dōsojin are roadside guardian deities which offer protection to travellers and pilgrims. They are often represented as an embracing couple carved into stone tablets.

  • 'Japan's Oldest Dosojin'

Castle Profile
English Name Sawazoko Horinouchi Yakata
Japanese Name 澤底堀ノ内館
Founder Sawazoko Clan
Year Founded c. 1550
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Tatsuno Station on the Chūō Main Line and Iida Line; 45 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Tatsuno, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 58' 56.35" N, 138° 1' 32.05" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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