Takeda Nobunari Yakata

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Takeda-Nobunari-yakata was the fortified manor all of Takeda Nobunari, the 8th generation head of the Takeda Clan in Kai (and the 11th generation head of the Kai-Genji) who lived in the latter half of the 14th century. There are many theories and legends associated with the yakata. Takeda Nobunari lived in tumultuous times, and one story goes that whilst he was out campaigning in Shinano, traitors attacked the yakata, and his wife committed suicide by throwing herself down a well. Nobunari's son, Nobuharu, converted the yakata into a temple to mourn the loss of his mother. The well is still there today, and a pine tree grows over it which is said to have been planted by Nobunari.

Visit Notes

Takeda-Nobunari-yakata is a manor hall site which is now fields, orchards and temples in the rural township of Yatsushiro in Fuefuki Municipality, Yamanashi Prefecture. The site features deformed dorui in a square formation around a small, rickety temple hall. A stalwart pine tree, witness to much tragedy, grows over a stone-lined well haunted by the ghost of the suicide's grave; it is said the lady of the manor committed suicide here when the yakata was under attack. Monuments and explanation boards pertaining to the history of the Takeda clan are scattered around the temple precincts between fields and orchards. As I had come to photograph the dirt in the gnawing dusk, local children quietly appraised me from a playground across the road, and I remarked, as I often do, seen by those dark and sparkling eyes, on what strange pilgrimages do I find myself sometimes.

  • Well and the pine tree

Castle Profile
English Name Takeda Nobunari Yakata
Japanese Name 武田信成館
Alternate Names 武田刑部大輔信成館
Founder Takeda Nobunari
Year Founded 14th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Well, Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Isawa-Onsen Station on the Chūō Line; one hour walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 37' 22.40" N, 138° 38' 35.66" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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