Sengoku Yakata




In 1622 Sengoku Tadamasa was relocated from Komorojō to Uedajō. His territory included this area, which in 1669 Sengoku Masākira built a jin'ya here to administer. This "sub-domain" was valued at 2,000 koku, later increased to 2,700 koku, and contained the villages of Yazawa, Shimosato, Akasaka, Urushido, Iwashimizu, Koida, Mori and part of Hayashino-gō (gō = township / collection of villages). This is a fertile area located to the east of the Kamikawa River. In 1706 Sengoku Clan was relocated to Izushijō, but the branch at the Sengoku-yakata remained in place and governed until the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

Yakata usually refers to a medieval fortified manor hall, but in fact this is the site of an Edo Period jin'ya or daikansho, a fortified administrative compound used to govern smaller territorial holdings. I was impressed by the ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts). These beautiful stone walls are the remains of the jin'ya. One platform of piled stone looks like it could've served as a turret foundation. Atop is a storehouse structure which has been "castellated" and has shachihoko (鯱) on the roof. I'm not sure this qualifies as a reconstruction but it looks great.

  • Ishigaki

Castle Profile
English Name Sengoku Yakata
Japanese Name 仙石館
Alternate Names Sengoku-daikansho, Sengoku-jin'ya
Founder Sengoku Masākira
Year Founded 1669
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Ishigaki
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; Sugadaira Bus from Ueda Station No.3 Bus Stop
Visitor Information Free; 24/7
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 24' 47.95" N, 138° 18' 29.70" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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