Takanashi Yakata (Suzaka)
Takanashi-yakata (Suzaka) was the birthplace of the Takanashi Clan according to tradition. The Takanashi Clan were a branch clan of the Inōe Clan which was also known as the Takai-Minamoto Clan. The Inōe Clan and Takanashi Clan would eventually come to blows, and in the Kamakura period the Takanashi Clan built a new yakata to the north. For more information see Inōejō and Takanashi-yakata.
This is the second Takanashi-yakata I’ve been to. The other, of the same clan, is in Nakano Municipality. That one has extensive ruins in the form of earthworks, and so I give it primacy of place, though it seems that this, in Suzaka Municipality, is the site of the original Takanashi Clan residence. Takanashi-yakata (Suzaka), this site, is not to be confused with Takanashi-yakata, also called Nakanō-tate, in Nakano (both are in the historical Takai County, however). No ruins remain of this Takanashi-yakata, however, and the site is now housing, fields and orchards. There is a large stele on site commemorating Kanzan Egen, a famous monk of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism who was born in Takai.
|English Name||Takanashi Yakata (Suzaka)|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Murayama Station on the Nagano Line; 4 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||5 minutes|
|Location||Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 39' 25.52" N, 138° 16' 49.58" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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