Ueno Yashiki

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The Ueno Clan were provincial warriors who served as vassals of the Takeda Clan. Provincial warriors also engaged in farming, and would in the late medieval period either become dedicated warriors or have to revert to farming. After the demise of Takeda Katsuyori the Ueno may have become rōnin for a time but were allowed to maintain their status as bushi when Tokugawa Ieyasu took over the province. Lord Ueno Michitada was granted land in Iwate-gō valued at 50 koku (it seems he already owned this land but that the new Shogunate confirmed it).

Visit Notes

Ueno-yashiki is a remarkably well preserved fortified residence site in Yamanashi Municipality. The residence is surrounded by ishigaki (stone walls); although these date to the Edo period, the stones are thought to have been piled around earthen mounds with medieval origins. The walls include a masugata (square layout) gate complex, and there is a waterway in front which is thought to be the remnants of a wider moat. The omoya (main hall) of the residence also survives from the Edo period, and even retains its beautiful thatched roofing. Other buildings include kura (storehouses) and a large gatehouse with a thatched roof, though the thatching on it is sadly covered. The house is still occupied by its lordly descendants and not open to the public.

  • Masugata Gate with Ishigaki and Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Ueno Yashiki
Japanese Name 上野屋敷
Founder Ueno Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations has Important Cultural Properties
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Omoya, Nagayamon, Ishigaki, Dorui, Masugata, &c.
Features gates, bridges, samurai homes, water moats, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Higashi-Yamanashi Station on the Chūō Main Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 60 minutes
Website https://www.city.yamanashi.yamanashi.jp/citizen/docs/prefecture 06.html
Location Yamanashi, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 42' 49.39" N, 138° 41' 57.88" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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