Yoshinomachi-yakata was built by Maruyama Niwanokami in the Late Sengoku Period. Nearby was another residence, the Yoshinohori Yashiki, though this one referred to as yashiki (the difference is often not substantial, however), belonging to Maruyama Tangonokami. The area was controlled by the Maruyama Clan. Although initially supportive, the clan would ultimately oppose the Takeda Clan after they invaded the area, and were forced to relocate to Uesugi-controlled territory in Echigo. With the Ogasawara resurgence after the destruction of the Takeda Clan, the Maruyama returned and built these residences.
At Yoshinomachi-yakata ruin there are the remains of a moat with embankments. The site today is now fields and also a large residence which appears to be the rightful inheritor of the original medieval manor house, and this occupied most of my attention. At the side of the road in a small grove is the well-hidden marker and explanation board for the yakata site. This would've been very easy to miss and I begun to wonder if I hadn't missed any other markers that day... This marker was the exact same shape as the other markers erected by Azumino Municipality, a sprawling rural municipality generously referred to as a "City" centered around the town of Toyoshina.
|English Name||Yoshinomachi Yakata|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Kuruwa|
|Access||Minami-Toyoshina Station on the Oito Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; includes private property|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 17' 14.21" N, 137° 55' 1.74" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|