Shinano Kawada Yakata
Kawada-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Kawada Clan, built in the mid' 15th century in a marshy area near a tributary of the Chikuma River. Archaeological investigations carried out in 1999 identified the foundations of several structures, as well as an east-facing moat (the river is in the west and acted as a natural barrier). A medieval settlement site was also identified 160m to the east a decade prior during the construction of the Jōshin'etsu Expressway. This village may have been where the retainers and / or peasants of the manor lived. The Kawada-juku, an inn town, is located about 300m to the west.
Kawada-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in the Wakaho area of Nagano Municipality. It is now the site of a school, a small shrine and rice paddies, and no ruins remain above ground. Excavations of the site were carried out during the construction of a nursey. I also visited the Kawada-juku, an old inn town, near the yakata site. Between the yakata and the shukuba is the old station house for Shinano-Kawada Station, part of the Nagano Railway Yashiro Line which was decommissioned in 2012. The station house has been preserved and now pokémon live there; I also stopped by here.
Note: Kawada-yakata in Shinano Province is not to be confused with Kawada-yakata in Kai Province, the latter being also known as the Takedashishugo Yakata.
|English Name||Shinano Kawada Yakata|
|Year Founded||Mid' 15th Century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||I cycled to this site after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 36' 13.39" N, 138° 14' 24.61" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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