Yaga Castle (Tanba)
The origins of Yagajō are obscure but it may have been built by the Naitō Clan. No ruins remain and the castle site is now a temple called Anrakuji. Yagajō measured about 170m on each side, built in a simple square layout. It was likely a fortified residence overseeing a local fief. In modern times a turret originally located at Sonobejō was acquired by Anrakuji and moved to the site.
Yagajō was an incidental castle visit for me, as it may be for most who go. I stopped by here, now the site of a temple, en route to Sasayama Castle, to see the relocated Taiko-yagura (drum tower) from Sonobe Castle. The yagura (turret) is very comely. It happens that the temple, built with a structure from Sonobejō, was built upon the site of Yagajō, though the drum tower has nothing to do with Yagajō otherwise.
|Tanba Yaga Castle
|No main keep but other buildings
|has Important Cultural Properties
|Pre Edo Period
|Yagura relocated from Sonobe Castle
|Yagi Station on the San'in Main Line; 30 minute walk
|Anrakuji Temple; mostly open / free
|35° 4' 17.04" N, 135° 33' 14.22" E
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