Yoshinomachi Yakata

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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Yoshinomachi Yakata
Japanese Name 吉野町館
Founder Maruyama Clan
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
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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