Uchigoya-yakata was an old residence of the Sanada Clan, and before that of the Yokō Clan. The former residence was built in a rectangular fashion, 100m east by west, and 50m north by south. This narrow area is naturally defensible with a river to the west and natural elevation surrounding. Little is known about the site but it is reported to have been built by Yokō Unememori with a dry moat in the west and south. It was later captured by Murakami Yoshikiyo and razed in 1551 with his defeat.
The Uchigoya-yakata is located at the base of Uchigoyajō, on a rise north of the masugata entrance to the castle. Formerly a yakata (fortified manor hall) was located here. The site is now a field and I tentatively identified earthworks. Some old graves are located on site, and there are the remains of a moat, but access was limited. After here I visited Shinkōji, which is the Sanada Clan bodaiji (clan temple).
|English Name||Uchigoya Yakata|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; Sugadaira Bus from Ueda Station No.3 Bus Stop|
|Visitor Information||Access Restricted|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Ueda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 26' 46.90" N, 138° 18' 21.96" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|