There is a marker for this site and the signboard next to it reads to the effect of...
Akazawa-yakata was located to the southwest of the castle mount of Shinagurajō at the foot of the mountain. The residence was built on the flattened central terrace here called O'yashki. Generations of Akazawa clansmen lived here, the Akazawa-yakata being the kyokan (living area) of the fortified mount of Shinagurajō above. On the lower terrace a road ran to Misayama Pass, and from the upper terrace another ran to Shinagura Pass. In 1583 the Akazawa Clan were defeated by the resurgent Ogasawara Clan and fell on their swords. With the clan eliminated the yakata was abandoned thereafter. Remains of a shrine, wells, and the clan temple have been unearthed.
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The site is just terraced fields. I was expecting more proto-modern ishigaki of former mulberry fields but these were just regular ploughed fields with earthen embankments. It was nice to find a marker for the site and and explanatory board, however, on the curving roadside above the site.
|English Name||Akazawashi Yakata|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Bus from Matsumoto Station|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields / forest|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 17' 30.01" N, 137° 59' 48.19" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|