Ganshouin Yakata


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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.

Visit Notes

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.

See also: Tsutsuhata Castle I, Tsutsuhata Castle II, Tsutsuhata Castle III, Tsutsuhata Castle IV, Tsutsuhata Castle V, Takinoiri Castle, Karidako Castle, Takaino Jin'ya


Castle Profile
English Name Ganshouin Yakata
Japanese Name 岩松院館
Alternate Names 苅田城居館
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
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Tsusumi Station on the Nagano Electric Line; 20-minute walk
Visitor Information Temple
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Obuse, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 41' 53.77" N, 138° 20' 4.96" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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