Ano-yakata was built by Ano Zenjō, a Minamoto clansman, in the Kamakura period. Around 1192, Ano Zenjō was granted the manor of Ano in Suruga Province by his brother, Minamoto Yoritomo, the shōgun. Ano Zenjō attempted to rebel against the Hōjō Regency (of the Kamakura Shogunate) in 1203 but was killed. His son, Ano Tokimoto, rebelled following the dramatic assassination of Minamoto Sanetomo by Minamoto Zensai, and was besieged at Fukayamajō (Fukayama Castle (Suruga)) where he was killed.
Ano-yakata is a fortified manor hall site with dorui (earthen ramparts) remaining around a temple, Daisenji (大泉寺). I anticipated just a regular inspection of some earthen mounds, but, unbelievably at this minor site, received a guided tour! The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Next to the temple gate was a table with many different coloured incense sticks. Each box of joss sticks was labelled with an effect it would produce in lighting and praying with, such as giving one perseverance or alleviating anxiety. As per usual, a lighted stick I placed in the urn before the temple hall. The impromptu guide showed where the cenotaphs of Ano Zenjō and Ano Tokimoto were, and so another stick I set there. The road leading to the temple and the temple gate is not aligned, and this, I was told, was because it was formerly the site of a masugata (angled) gate complex. I hadn’t noticed! The remaining dorui is quite tall. It faces the road, once an important trade route, and in bygone times a coastal swamp extended up to it (the modern municipality name is called Numaźu (‘Swamp Wave’) and so I suppose that’s why).
|English Name||Ano Yakata|
|Year Founded||c. 1192|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Hara Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 40 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 32.06" N, 138° 47' 43.80" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|