Takanashi Yakata (Suzaka)

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

  • Site of yakata but no ruins remain

Castle Profile
English Name Takanashi Yakata (Suzaka)
Japanese Name 高梨館(須坂市)
Founder Takanashi Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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