Ganshōin-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Hagino Clan, and it served as a kyokan (residential area) for the yamajiro (mountaintop castles) above. See Karidaôjō (Karidaoh Castle) for more information.
Ganshōin-yakata is a medieval fortified manor hall site named for the temple Ganshōin which is now located on the site. The mausoleum of Fukushima Masanori (see Takaino-jin’ya for the history of that daimyō) can be found at the temple. The temple sits on a series of terraces lined with ishigaki (stone walls). There is also a large and impressive ishigaki segment which would not look out of place at an Edo period castle. Going by the masonry and piling methods, most if not all of this stonework was constructed as part of the temple, but the yakata likely had some ishigaki too, and it may be that parts were repaired over the years for the temple, and the odd block here and there survives from the time of the yakata. During my visit the autumnal scenery was very beautiful; gingko trees had cast about their leaves, layering the area like gingko snow.
|English Name||Ganshouin Yakata|
|Founder||Karida Shigemasa; Hagino Tsunemichi; Takanashi Clan|
|Year Founded||1184; 1367; 1492|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tsusumi Station on the Nagano Electric Line; 20-minute walk|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Obuse, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 41' 53.77" N, 138° 20' 4.96" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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