|English Name||Ashikagashi Yakata|
|Year Founded||mid 1100's|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Features||gates, water moats|
|Access||Ashikagashi Sta. (Tobu Isezaki Line), 15 min. walk; Ashikaga Sta. (JR Ryomo Line), 10 min. walk|
|Location||Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 20' 16", 139° 27' 6"|
|Visits||June 23, 2007|
This site exemplifies one of the earliest forms of castles, a fortified residence. It is a square plot of land surrounded by a moat and guarded with gates at the entrances. The Ashikaga built this home in the mid 1100's. Ashikaga Yoshikane established the family temple on these grounds in 1196 and the site eventually became Bannaji Temple.
The temple and gates are very nice making this a worthwhile stop if you're in the area. It's just a short walk from the station and is only a few stops away from Kanayama Castle on the same train line.