Yato Castle

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Henmi Kiyomitsu built the castle around the early 1100's. One of Kiyomitsu's sons, Takeda Nobuyoshi, was the first of the Takeda clan. After the death of Kiyomitsu in 1199, the history of Yato Castle becomes very vague. It is not known how the castle was used or by whom. Given the strategic location along an important road to Shinano (Nagano) and the presence of other nearby castles, it is surmised that it was still in use but the details are not clear. After the fall of the Takeda, the Tokugawa and Hojo fought for control of the Kai region and Hojo took control of Yato Castle. Most of the structures, ringed baileys, moats and earthen embankments that you see today were built at this time.

Visit Notes

There is also an infrequent bus from Nagasaka Sta. This is a fairly interesting castle with lots of baileys in concentric circles. At the foot of Yatsugatake, it had a fairly good view of the surroundings without being on a high mountain. The perfect location for a castle.

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  • Second Bailey, trench and earthen embankment
  • Trench near the entrance
  • Fourth Bailey
  • North Obikuruwa Bailey and earthen embankments
  • North Obikuruwa Bailey and earthen embankments
  • Second Bailey, trench and earthen embankment
  • Third Bailey and trench
  • Main Bailey
  • Entrance to the main bailey
  • Second Bailey trench
  • Second Bailey trench
  • Earthen embankment of the first bailey
  • Entrance to the first bailey
  • Second bailey
  • Second bailey
  • First Bailey
  • Third bailey and trench
  • Second bailey and trench
  • Southern entrance to the Second/Third Bailey
  • South Obikuruwa Bailey
  • West Obikuruwa Bailey
  • Third Bailey
  • Third Bailey
  • North Obikuruwa Bailey
  • Outside the west obikuruwa bailey
  • Karamete Entrance
  • Karamete Entrance
  • Map
  • Diorama of Yato Castle

Castle Profile
English Name Yato Castle
Japanese Name 谷戸城
Alternate Names Chausuyama-jo
Founder Minamoto no Kiyomitsu (Henmi Kiyomitsu)
Year Founded 12th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kai Koizumi Sta (Yatsugatake Kougen Line), walk 45 mins; Nagasaka Sta. (Chou Line), walk 60 mins.
Visitor Information Museum is open 9-5, closed Mondays unless it's a holiday, then the following day. Closed 12/28-1/4. 200 yen
Time Required 60 mins
Website http://www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/genre/detail/1764/
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 51' 25.31" N, 138° 23' 10.03" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Admin Year Visited 2015
Admin Visits September 22, 2015

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