| Takadachi is the name of a hill overlooking the Kitakami River. A significant portion of the hill has been eroded away by the river, but the area was a strategic defensive location since at least the rise of the first lord of Hiraizumi, Fujiwara no Kiyohira, around the turn of the twelfth century. Minamoto no Yoshitsune spent part of his youth in Hiraizumi, and returned here after a fall out with his elder brother, Yoritomo, eventual first shogun of Japan. He sought refuge with benefactor of his youth, Fujiwara no Hidehira, the lord of Hiraizumi and grandson of Kiyohira, and was given a place to live atop Takadachi. The hill is also known as Hogandate and Hangandate, both references to Yoshitsune's rank and residence here.
In 1189, Hidehira's successor, Yasuhira, caved in to pressure by Yoritomo to hand over or kill the fugitive Yoshitsune. When Yasuhira attacked Yoshitsune at Takadachi, rather than being captured or killed by his enemies the Minamoto lord dispatched of his family before falling on his sword and committing suicide. Gikeido (literally, "Yoshitsune Hall") was built in 1683 by Date Tsunamura, lord of Sendai. This memorial hall houses a wooden statue of the fallen hero. The view from Takadachi is one of the greatest in Hiraizumi, encompassing the Kitakami River in the foreground and Mt. Tabashineyama in the distance. To the west is the confluence point of the Koromogawa and Kitakami Rivers, as well as the sites of the Former Nine-Years' and Latter Three-Years' Wars. These eleventh century conflicts led to the rise of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara, who ruled the region until 1189.