Shimizu Yashiki (Koma)
The Shimizu-yashiki in historical Koma County was the fortified residence of Shimizu Sandayū.
Shimizu-yashiki is a fortified residence site in the Minowa area of Takane Township in Hokuto Municipality, Yamanashi Prefecture. The plot is still a residence today, with some very nice traditional sukiya-style architecture, and there is a moat in front of the house which is conjectured to be a remnant of the residence’s medieval predecessor. I also checked on Google Maps’ street-viewer and saw that a row-house-like structure by the moat, which looks very fetching, replaced an old kura (storehouse). So that building is newly built, but the traditional style matching the main residence lends it a historical appearance, which is nice.
The family were out around their property when I visited. One young woman gestured to the house patriarch to me as I went by. This is a quiet, rural area and passers-by and strangers do not go unheeded. Because of light drizzle I had converted my neck-warmer into a head-coverer, and I basically looked like a traditional thief, or a grandma that steals watermelons. Going by, I gave a smile and shallow bow of recognition to the woman so as to reassure her of my harmlessness. I suppose my presence and appearance was bemusing. A little girl in the row-house by the road was staring at me from the window so I waved at her. I got a wave back so that was well. This all took about a minute. I took a picture of the moat-like structure in front of the house and carried on my merry way.
|English Name||Koma Shimizu Yashiki|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||water moats, trenches|
|Visitor Information||Access Limited|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 49' 42.60" N, 138° 25' 30.18" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|