Takadaoh Yashiki

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Takadaô-yashiki was the main residence of the Uchida Clan in the 13th century.

Visit Notes

Takadaô-yashiki is a medieval residence ruin in Shimōchida township, Kikugawa Municipality. Ruins include dorui (earthen ramparts) and mizubori (water moats), and, under the Kikugawa Jōkan Complex Ruins (菊川城館遺跡群), are a designated historical site.

There is a large main compound which still has a farmhouse inside, though I found no obstacles to inspecting the dorui which ring the main bailey. The main bailey is further surrounded by a shallow moat. Toward the south where the road is there is a faded signboard for the site and a large, solid chunk of dorui; are these the remains of an outer compound? The moat system also extends to the south beyond the main bailey, indicating a once large footprint.

In the north there is also what appears to be the remnant of a moat system in a crescent-shape. So perhaps there were more baileys to the north too that have since been buried. It has been said that the neighbouring Furukawa-jinja also contains traces of earthworks, but I ran out of time to inspect there.


Castle Profile
English Name Takadaoh Yashiki
Japanese Name 高田大屋敷
Founder Uchida Clan
Year Founded 13th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Mizubori, &c.
Features water moats, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Kikugawa Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Website https://www.city.kikugawa.shizuoka.jp/shakaikyouiku/shiteibunkazai/kikugawajoukanisekigun.html
Location Kikugawa, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 43' 21.22" N, 138° 4' 36.01" E
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