Amari Yakata


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Amari-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Amari Clan, founded by Lord Amari Yukitada of Amari Manor who, by tradition, was the first to construct a residence here. Amari Yukitada was the son of Ichijō Tadayori; they were descended from the Kai-Minamoto Clan. In 1184 Ichijō Tadayori was killed and Amari Yukitada went into exile.

In the Sengoku period the Amari Clan continued to serve the Takeda Clan. The ruins of the medieval yakata which were unearthed are thought to have been the residence of Takeda generals Amari Torayasu and his son, Amari Masatada. This Sengoku period manor hall was surrounded by ramparts and moats in a square formation running roughly 180m north-south and 200m east-west. Amari Torayasu was slain at the battle of Uedahara in 1548. There is a cenotaph for Masatada at Dairinji, the Amari Clan’s family temple which now occupies the site.

Visit Notes

Amari-yakata is now the site of Dairinji, the bodaiji (clan temple) of the Amari Clan. There are no ruins that I could see; however, excavations on the site have confirmed the remains of defences such as moats. These are presumably now buried.

For the related tsumejiro see Ougidairayama Castle.

  • Dairinji, the Amari Clan’s family temple

Castle Profile
English Name Amari Yakata
Japanese Name 甘利館
Alternate Names Amari-Jirō-Yukitada-yakata
Founder Amari Yukitada; Amari Torayasu
Year Founded Heian Period; Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information Temple
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 41' 19.21" N, 138° 26' 33.72" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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