The Suwa-yakata, which functioned as the kyokan (residential area) at the foot of the Uehara castle-mount, was the centre of Takeda authority in Suwa County from its conquest by Takeda Shingen in 1542, until the death of Takeda Katsuyori in 1582. To this day the neighbourhood of the yakata is called ‘Itagakidaira’, with ‘itagaki’ referring to abbattis – a type of stockade – and ‘daira’ referring to the terraces which were sculpted on the hillside for the medieval manor hall.
For more information see Uehara Castle.
I revisited Ueharajō, a fun yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in the Suwa area of Nagano, and this time also investigated the site of Suwa-yakata beneath the castle mount. The yakata’s remains consists of a large flattened space with terraced sub-baileys carved into the hillside below. The shape of the sculpted terrain is well preserved. There is a large stele on site.
|English Name||Suwa Yakata|
|Founder||Suwa Clan; Takeda Shingen|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Chino Station on the Chuo Main Line; 35 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7; Free; Fields|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Chino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 0' 25.45" N, 138° 8' 46.36" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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