Shibutami-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Shibutami Clan. The fortifications ran 79m east-west, and 60m north-south. Nishina Morinaga lived with his son, Shibutami Masanaga, at the Shibutami-yakata, beneath the mountain redoubt. See my profile on Aźumi-Shibutamijō (Azumi Shibutami Castle) for more information.
I took the opportunity in passing by to re-visit this site to check for remains of the yakata (fortified manor hall) which I may have missed last time. Castle bloggers report a small segment of dorui (earthen ramparts) still present between rice paddies, just behind a large earthen wall storehouse. However, I can confirm this last segment has now been levelled and no obvious ruins remain. The hokora (mini shrine) and large partially felled tree atop of the dorui present in old photographs are no longer there (the hokora has been replaced with a new one) either, and there is some new pre-fab' shed in the place of the dorui.
Shibutami-yakata was the last site I visited in a tour of ten sites in Aźumi in late May, my last of the season that year. I visited six yakata sites and four yamajiro (mountaintop castle) sites. I usually don't report on my return journey but during the cycle back to Matsumoto I encountered an interesting atmospherical phenomena. The road I was on was dry, but the road ahead was wet and it was raining there. When I cycled in it was like hitting a wall of water. A few minutes later the road was suddenly dry again, though I was very wet, and I had cycled out of the rain. I had encountered an extremely localised downpour. I began to wonder if I shouldn't have simply cycled /around/ the rain.
|English Name||Shibutami Yakata|
|Founder||Nishina Morinaga; Shibutami Clan|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Aźumi-Oiwake Station on the Ôito Line; 30 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Ikeda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 23' 17.56" N, 137° 53' 21.23" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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