Shinano Kawada Yakata


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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.

Visit Notes

Kawada-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in the Wakaho Township 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 nursery. 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.


Castle Profile
English Name Shinano Kawada Yakata
Japanese Name 信濃川田館
Founder Kawada Clan
Year Founded Mid' 15th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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