In 1569 Ijiri Genshirō, who served Takeda Shingen under Naitō Masatoyo, was enfeoffed with 40 koku worth of land in Shimoijiri village. The residence dates to this time, and, since it was maintained throughout the Edo period, it is thought that the Ijiri Clan continued after the fall of the Takeda Clan as nanushi (village headmen).
Ijiri-yashiki is a well preserved fortified residence site in rural Lower Ijiri, Yamanashi Municipality (Upper Ijiri is in Kōshū Municipality). The site has the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts), particularly in the north and west; it seems that the residence was surrounded by two layers of dorui, as an inner layer with a moat and earthen bridge is also apparent in the northwest. However, since the site is private property, a full reconnaissance was not possible.
I walked all around the outside of the site. Portions of dorui continue sporadically and there are various segments going in different directions to the south, indicating that fortifications may have ensconced multiple baileys (some of the dorui is bounded by stone blocks, and some of that has been modernised with concrete). The dorui is overgrown or flattened in some places but it seems it ran for at least 200m north-south. I entered a bamboo grove at the southern limit of the ruins and found an earthen storehouse ruined by fire.
A large, spacious rural home sits on the site of the yashiki today, and it has a fine gatehouse. It appears to be a modern reconstruction, but looks very handsome and stately in the style of a gatehouse combined with a row-storehouse. A water way runs afore it with a stone bridge spanning, just like a moat! Though a little narrow. What’s more, this gatehouse does not face the road but is positioned so as to necessitate a right-angled turn when entering the property, just like a masugata (square) gate complex. Though the driveway is quite clear now with some old flagstones and grass, it’s not hard to imagine some kind of fence of palisades here to accentuate the entry area’s defensive power – as with a barbican.
Eastern parts of the dorui are lost (though the bending of the road makes it clear where the walls ran), but in the northeast there is a bulky earthen platform which is even suggestive of a foundation for a small tower. Overall Ijiri-yashiki is a great site representative of a large yashiki.
|English Name||Ijiri Yashiki|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Dobashi, Nagayamon, &c.|
|Access||Higashi-Yamanashi Station on the Chūō Main Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Access Limited|
|Time Required||40 minutes|
|Location||Yamanashi, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 42' 23.40" N, 138° 42' 23.83" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|
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