Himuro Yakata

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Himuro-yakata was the fortified residence of a clan in the service of the Nishimaki Clan. It was one of more than a score of fortification sites related to Nishimakijō. Fortification sites in the Azusa area of the former Aźumi County can be divided into three types: yakata (館), or plainsland fortified manor halls; mountaintop forts (山城); and cliff-top forts (崖城). Himuro-yakata, of course, falls into the first group. "Himuro" is an interesting name, and can refer to an icehouse. Himuro is the name of the village; was ice stored here? The site is also called Nakano-yakata (中野館) in some sources, and I am inclined to wonder that this was the clan name. It is located at the edge of the network of fortifications surrounding Nishimakijō, near to Azusabashi, the site of a historic water crossing between the two districts of Aźumi and Chikuma.

Visit Notes

The site of Himuro-yakata is now that of a shrine and abandoned rural homestead. Whilst the property is abandoned, I did not want to trespass, and so I have no idea whether I missed any clues about the yakata in the dense foliage there. I report no remains.

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Castle Profile
English Name Himuro Yakata
Japanese Name 氷室館
Alternate Names 中野館
Founder Nishimaki Clan Vassals
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Azusabashi Station on the Ôito Line; 23 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 14' 32.06" N, 137° 54' 16.24" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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