Uede Yashiki

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Uede-yashiki was a branch fortification of Tōnoharajō which sits on the mountain looming above. It was likely also a convenient residence for the Tōhara Clan. Close to the Uede-yashiki site is a temple called Unryūji. The Tōhara built Unryūji in 1580 as their Bodaiji (clan temple), although the current structures date to the 18th century.

The Tōhara Clan were granted land in the area toward the end of the Kamakura Period. They became vassals of Takeda Shingen in the 1550s. When the Takeda fell to a resurgent Ogasawara Clan, the Tōhara Clan and the Unno Clan were suspected of plotting with the Uesugi Clan to betray the Ogasawara, and this led to their destruction.

Visit Notes

This yashiki / yakata (fortified manor house) site in the town of Akashina is now just fields and schools. However, Unryūji is a temple linked to the yashiki, and that can be found nearby; it has several important buildings dating to the Edo Period.


Castle Profile
English Name Uede Yashiki
Japanese Name 上手屋敷
Alternate Names 上手館
Founder Tōhara Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Restricted
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 20' 50.32" N, 137° 55' 26.44" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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