Horinouchi Castle (Kai)

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Horinōchijō, otherwise known as Ueno-yashiki, was a fortified residence site. It belonged to the Ueno Clan, who would later move to Yamanashi County (this site is in Yatsushiro County). The Ueno Clan served the Takeda Clan in Kai Province.

‘Horinōchi’ means ‘within the moats’ and it is not an uncommon name as concerns castles and fortified residences. The Horinōchi area of Kōfu Municipality (formerly Yatsushiro County), now a periurban area at the edge of the suburbs, sits between two waterways. Perhaps moats were dug at one point between the waterways, but it’s not clear to me whether this was to fortify the Yatsushiro-Ueno-yashiki or some kind of fortified settlement.

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Horinōchijō / Ueno-yashiki and the site today is rural residences and agrarian suburbia.


Castle Profile
English Name Horinouchi Castle (Kai)
Japanese Name 甲斐堀之内城
Alternate Names Ueno-yashiki
Founder Ueno Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest Station is Jōei Station on the Minobu Line; 37 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 36' 41.08" N, 138° 33' 35.32" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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