Takeda Yakata (Ibaraki)

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Takeda Shingen and the Takeda clan are well known samurai from the Kai Region, or modern day Yamanashi prefecture. It is a little known fact that their origins are actually in Ibaraki Prefecture. In the end of the Heian Period, the younger brother of Minamoto no Yoshimitsu was expanding his territory into the Hitachi region of Ibaraki. He placed his eldest son Yoshinari in modern day Hitachi Ota and his third son Yoshikiyo in the area known as Takeda. The first son would go onto take the name Satake and become successful Sengoku Period lords until they backed the wrong side at Sekigahara and were sent to Akita by the Tokugawa. Yoshikiyo took the name Takeda from the area where they resided and became the first Takeda clan. The Takeda were less distinguished and caused too many problems in their overzealous attempts to quickly expand their territory and were banished from Takeda, only to end up in Yamanashi!

Visit Notes

The Takeda Yakata in Hitachinaka Ibaraki was reconstructed in 1991. The original location of the fortified home was about 500m southeast of the present day location but it oculd not be built on the land which is part of the self defense forces and has train tracks through it. However, the layout of the residence and foundations for the buildings were faithfully restored at this site. Since there is no record of what the actual buildings looked like, they were rebuilt based on other records of typical samurai residences of the time. The inside of the house has a small collection of armor donated by the Takeishi family which were likely a retainer or branch of the Takeda. Apparently the residence is frequented by many Takeda Shingen and Kai Domain fans who come to seek out the origins of Takeda clan.


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Castle Profile
English Name Takeda Yakata (Ibaraki)
Japanese Name 武田氏館
Founder Takeda Yoshikiyo
Year Founded late 12th C.
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, palace, walls
Visitor Information
Access Katsuta Sta. (Ueno Tokyo Line), 22 min walk
Visitor Information Open 9am-5pm, closed Mondays (unless a National Holiday, then Tuesday), closed for year end holidays. Free admission
Time Required 45 mins
Website https://www.city.hitachinaka.lg.jp/shiminkatsudo/bunka/1002420/1002421.html
Location Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 22' 55.92" N, 140° 31' 2.42" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits September 30, 2022

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10 months ago
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Image 18 with the kanji: can't decide if i love it or hate it


9 months ago
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Font? or all the 旧 ?