Shichiri Yakata (Omi)


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This area is called Gokashō, or 'Five Manors', and there is a legend that five dieties or idols were distributed from Ishibaji, a temple, to five villages. Goka-jinja enshrines these Myōjin. Behind the shrine are some traces of earthworks and it is thought these may be the ruins of the Shichiri-yakata. According to the document『淡海国木間攫』Lord Sumiyoshi Okuno, Guardian of Suō (an honourific title), was the lord of the manor.

Visit Notes

Shichiri-yakata is now the site of a shrine, Goka-jinja. Behind the shrine's kami house are some sorry lumps of earth which are the focus of speculation amongst diehard castle explorers. I sort of just stopped by on my way to Wadayamajō for a poke around and was attracted by these ruins as I too thought they could be the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts). The dorui seems to form a typical square shape. On one side they are bounded by a waterway, Ishibaji River, which may have been used by the manor hall as a moat.

Also see Wadayama Castle (Shiga).


Castle Profile
English Name Shichiri Yakata
Japanese Name 七里館
Founder Sumiyoshi Okuno
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 30 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 0.91" N, 136° 10' 33.10" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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