Yamada Yakata (Takai)

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Yamada-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Yamada Clan in the early 15th century. The Yamada were vassals of the Takanashi Clan. It is thought that the Yamada may have been the original builders of Masugatajō on the mountain above, and so the Yamada-yakata was likely paired with the fort and used as a kyokan (residential area) in a jōkan arrangement wherein a manor hall is protected by a fortified mountain redoubt. It seems that the Yamada were pushed out by the Hara Clan, and that the Takanashi Clan later took over the territory directly, and built a new mansion in the west of the village (Yamada-yakata is more in the centre of Yamada village). Though this yakata may have also have been retained as a residence, it later became a temple, Shinpōji.

Visit Notes

Yamada-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in the village of Yamada in the Nakayama area of Takayama Rural Municipality, historical Takai County. It is now a temple, Shinpōji. Although no clear ruins remain, a bird's eye view of the site reveals the layout of the yakata, particularly in the north and west. Walking around the temple perimeter and following the row of trees there, it becomes evident where the yakata's earthen ramparts and moat once ran.

See also: Yamada Takanashi Yakata & Masugata Castle (Takai)

  • Marker for site beside temple gate

Castle Profile
English Name Yamada Yakata (Takai)
Japanese Name 高井山田館
Founder Yamada Clan
Year Founded Early 15th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Hori-ato
Visitor Information
Access Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line; rent bicycle from education centre opposite station; cycle to Takayama Village
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Takayama, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 41' 22.99" N, 138° 21' 57.78" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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