Akagi Yakata

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History

Akagi-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Akagi Clan, situated beneath Akagi-kitajō (North Akagi Castle) which was built on a plateau. It was part of a complex of fortifications which controlled an important trade route which ran through them (五千石街道). Akagi-yakata encompassed an area of 80 by 100m. It had a simple angular layout. At the edge of this area on one side is a strip of field about 4m wide which looks like it could be the trace of a dry moat.

Nearby is the temple Kōchōji, which was the formerly the site of another fortified residence, the Takami-yakata, which was part of the same complex of fortifications as Akagi-yakata. Takami-yakata was smaller in scale than Akagi-yakata, the clan's headquarters, measuring in a square of about 70m, but with a projecting area in the north to take advantage of the sloped elevation.

The Akagi Clan has been linked to the Hatakeyama Clan and the Musashi-Chichibu Clan. They would eventually relocate from Shinano Province to Bitchū Province.


Visit Notes

Practically no ruins remain of Akagi-yakata; it is now the site of fields and some homes. To the south, perhaps fittingly, is the community hall for the village of Akagi, as well as the site of Takami-yakata. I took one picture showing where a moat may have ran.

Related sites: Takami-yakata (Takami Yakata), Akagi-minamijō (Akagi Minami Castle), Akagi-kitajō (Akagi Kita Castle). I also took the opportunity to revisit Akagi-kitajō but it is now impossibly overgrown and inaccessible.




Gallery
  • Former Moat Site


Castle Profile
English Name Akagi Yakata
Japanese Name 赤木館
Founder Akagi Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Moat Trace
Features
Visitor Information
Access Murai Station on the Shinonoi Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 5 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 9' 41.80" N, 137° 58' 16.18" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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