Yoda Yakata

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Yoda-yakata was the fortified residence of the Yoda Clan during the Sengoku Period. In 1582, Yoda Nobushige, who had also lived at the residence, was killed in battle during the Tenshō Jingo Uprising. In 1584, his surviving brother, Yoda Yasukuni, converted the residence into Hanshōin, the clan temple, in honour of his brother (the "shige" in Nobushige is also read "Han") and family. The temple stands to this day and contains the graves of Yoda Nobushige and his wife.

Visit Notes

Yoda-yakata is located at the foot of the castle-mount of Taguchijō and is now the site of the temple Banshōin. I came here because I had intended to climb the trail behind Banshōin to Taguchijō, a yamajiro which is largely visited for the view it provides of Tatsuokajō, the star-shaped bastion fort. However, landslides destroyed the trail earlier this year, so I had to abandon that plan and instead visited several temples in the area instead.


Castle Profile
English Name Yoda Yakata
Japanese Name 依田館
Alternate Names 依田信蕃館
Founder Yoda Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Tatsuokajou Station on the Koumi Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Saku, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 11' 56.15" N, 138° 30' 10.15" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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