Bushihara Fort

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‘Bushihara’ is a name dating to the early Kamikura period derived from the belief that in the 11th century the famous religious sculptor Jōchō-busshi (‘busshi’ = ‘buddhist sculptor’) visited this area. Thus the kanji used must’ve originally been ‘仏師’, but at some point this changed to ‘武士’ meaning ‘warrior’, perhaps as the area became the home of several fortified residences of the local Amino Clan. Bushihara-rui is presumed to have been another residence of the Amino Clan. It’s possible Bushihara-rui was built earlier than the other residences.

See also: Amino Yashiki & Amino Shingozaemon Yashiki

Visit Notes

Bushihara-rui is a residential fort site in the Mikkaichiba area of Enzan Township, Kōshū Municipality. It is now the site of a temple, Jōsenji, and a small hamlet (probably called Busshihara). One castle-blogger shows dorui (earthen ramparts) remains here, noting that they’re on private property, but I couldn’t find them. The rustic architecture and rural setting was worth seeing though.

  • Bushihara Hamlet Street

Castle Profile
English Name Bushihara Fort
Japanese Name 武士原塁
Alternate Names 仏師原塁
Founder Amino Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period or Muromachi Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Higashi-Yamanashi Station on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Kōshū, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 43' 11.17" N, 138° 42' 29.23" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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