The Yamadera-bukeyashiki, a samurai residence in Matsushiro, has archiecture surviving from the Edo period through to the Taisho period. The Yamadera were a middle class samurai family of the Matsushiro Domain during the Edo period. In the Bakamatsu period Yamadera Jōzan was the patriarch, and he was known as one of 'Matsushiro's Three Mountains' along with Sakuma Zōsan and Kamahara Tōzan (because they all had 山 in their names). Being highly respected by Sanada Yukitsura, the eighth lord of Matsushiro Domain, Yamadera served as the magistrate in charge of temples and shrines, and he also taught military science at the Matsushiro hankō (domain school) which still exists today. The Yamadera Residence is open to the public. Although the shoin (drawing room) and gardens were rebuilt in the early 20th century, the impressive nagayamon (gatehouse) dates to the Bakamatsu period, and is the largest extant nagayamon in the castle town of Matsushiro, being 22m long. The residence as a whole preserves traditional modes of architecture, and further includes kura (storehouses) and other gates.
|Yamadera Residence Profile
|Important Cultural Property
|Gates, Garden, House, Warehouses
|Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 33' 27.54" N, 138° 11' 50.03" E
|Matsushiro Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
|December 3, 2016