Kanzaki Shichiri Yakata
This area is called Gokashō, or 'Five Manors', and there is a legend that five dieties or idols were distributed from Ishibaji, a temple, to five villages. Goka-jinja enshrines these Myōjin. Behind the shrine are some traces of earthworks and it is thought these may be the ruins of the Shichiri-yakata. According to the document『淡海国木間攫』Lord Sumiyoshi Okuno, Guardian of Suō (an honourific title), was the lord of the manor.
Shichiri-yakata is now the site of a shrine, Goka-jinja. Behind the shrine's kami house are some sorry lumps of earth which are the focus of speculation amongst diehard castle explorers. I sort of just stopped by on my way to Wadayamajō for a poke around and was attracted by these ruins as I too thought they could be the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts). The dorui seems to form a typical square shape. On one side they are bounded by a waterway, Ishibaji River, which may have been used by the manor hall as a moat.
Also see Kanzaki Wadayama Castle.
|English Name||Kanzaki Shichiri Yakata|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 30 minute walk.|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; fields|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 10' 0.91" N, 136° 10' 33.10" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|