The Horinōchi-yashiki, the residence of the Nanushi (village magistrate) of Horinōchi-mura, is adjacent to Uchijō, a medieval castle site (or, more realistically, a yakata (fortified manor hall) site). No ruins of the castle remain and its exact relationship to the yashiki (residence) is unclear. (See also Chikuma Uchi Castle).
Happily the Edo Period yashiki, constructed in the vernacular architecture of the Chikuma District, the honmuneźukuri style, in the late 18th century, remains to this day. The yashiki’s imposing kabukimon gate is kept open so that visitors can appreciate the exterior of the omoya (main hall). It’s also possible to peer into the structure in some places. This fine old residence with an omoya and other surrounding structures is designated as Important Cultural Property.
|English Name||Horinouchi Yashiki|
|Year Founded||18th century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||has Important Cultural Properties|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Shiojiri Station on the Chūō Main Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; exterior viewing only|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 6' 27.54" N, 137° 58' 6.13" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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