Tanaka Yazouyaemon Yashiki

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Tanaka-yashiki was the the fortified residence of Tanaka Yazōyaemon in the 16th century. There were several residences of the Tanaka Clan in this area, and Yazōyaemon's yashiki was the main one. Another lord of the estate may have been Tanaka Tamibujō. The Tanaka Clan served Takeda Shingen as part of the Kuisshiki-shū, a group of borderland warriors who protected Kai's southern borders, particularly from the Tokugawa Clan. Since they continued to be active into the Edo period it's possible they became a rōnin group following the destruction of the Takeda Clan in 1582.

Visit Notes

Tanaka-yashiki (Tanaka-Yazōyaemon-yashiki) in Kai was a fortified residence site. The site is now that of old residences; perhaps the Tanaka family still lives there - it wouldn't be unusual - though much of the architecture appears modern. There's not much to see of fortifications, but the angular plots on which the homesteads sit appear somewhat elevated above surrounding fields, and the surrounding waterways may be indicative of where former moats ran. But to see anything resembling medieval fortifications here one really has to use one's imagination...

  • Possible Water Moat Remnant

Castle Profile
English Name Tanaka Yazouyaemon Yashiki
Japanese Name 田中弥三左衛門屋敷
Founder Tanaka Yazōyaemon
Year Founded 16th century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Higashi-Hanawas Station on the Minobu Line; 5 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Chūō, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 35' 36.53" N, 138° 31' 33.20" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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