Takano Yakata

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Takano-yakata was built as a fortified manor house by Lady Onabe for her son, Oda Nobukichi, after Toyotomi Hideyoshi had granted them a small feifdom encompassing villages in Kanzaki and Inugami districts. Excavations have confirmed that the fortification had a bailey of around 80m by 60m.The site was subsequently developed for agriculture.

Visit Notes

Takano-yakata is an interesting site. Dropping beneath a series of terraced fields, one will suddenly come across a long stretch of ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts), including the foundations of a gate complex. This latter day Sengoku Period fortified residence is a rare example of this type of fortification where significant ruins remain.

  • Ishigaki and gate ruin

Castle Profile
English Name Takano Yakata
Japanese Name 高野館
Founder Lady Onabe / Oda Nobukichi
Year Founded Momoyama Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Ishigaki
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Yōkaichi Station on the Kotō-Ōmi Line; 20 minute drive or “community taxis”
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 4' 55.52" N, 136° 18' 25.60" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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8 months ago
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I visited this this fortified yakata ruin in 2016 with my wife. It is worth visiting for keen castle fans to see its ishigaki remnants. Nearby Eigenji Temple is one of the top spots for autumnal foliage in Shiga. It also has some old ishigaki to behold as you make your way up to the temple. For those who don’t have a (rental) car and don’t fancy walking the impractical 2.5 hours one-way from Yōkaichi Station as suggested by the profile writer, there is another option of catching “community taxis” to get there. In parts of rural Japan where there aren’t enough passengers to justify running buses, they have sometimes been replaced by “community taxis” which run along a set route with stops just like buses.


8 months ago
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Thank you for your suggestion.


8 months ago
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No worries, mate. Good to see the update on the profile with “community taxis” replacing “the 2.5 hour walk.”