Hikidono-yashiki, set at the foot of the Hiki Castle mount, would've been accessed from across the river by boat. It was protected by dorui (earthen ramparts), but these were levelled in 1945 for the development of rice paddies (various foundation stones remain buried beneath the fields). There was an archery range on the bank of the Sai River, but this area is now submerged owing to the construction of a weir. A village, or jōkamura, existed around the yashiki, containing the residences of retainers of the Lord of Hiki Castle. The lord's main living area were situated either on or just below a terraced area overlooking Hiki Village. Lords may have included various castellans, including those of the Hiki, Takane, Ikoma, Matsudaira, and Maruyama clans. Shōfukuji was founded by the Maruyama on the yashiki site's upper terrace.
Wedged between the mountains and the meandering of the Sai River on an elliptical island of flat land is a small rural smattering of homesteads which is formerly the site of the Hikidono-yashiki, the 'Residence of the Lord of Hiki (Castle)', as well as the residences of his vassals. Whilst there are no obvious ruins other than the shape of the terrain, including a flattened terrace, there are various signboards and markers for sites pertaining to this historic site. The main marker is just below a terrace which is also called Shōfukuji-yashiki and is indicated as the former site of a temple. Since it is higher situated some postulate that this terrace may have been the residence of the lord, and the vassals lived below. The cenotaphs of the lords of Hiki Castle are also found at the site of Shōfukuji. And the trail up to Hikijō is found here (I intend to return in autumn to visit the yamajiro ruins). Other markers around the village indicate things like the former site of storehouses.
|English Name||Hikidono Yashiki|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nearest Station is Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Ikusaka, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 25' 26.94" N, 137° 56' 29.54" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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