Sakurabasama Castle


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Sakurabasamajō was the fortified residence of the Sawa Clan, built in the mid' 16th century. The castellan was Sawa Kiyomitsu. Sakurabasamajō was decomissioned in 1593, though the Sawa family still inhabits the castle site. There is a bridge and gate leading to the modern residence, which is a handsome set-up, but the original koguchi (entrance area) appears to be where the road runs between a gap in the dorui in the northeast. Sakurabasamajō had a branch fort, Sakurabasamadejō (Sakurabasamade Castle), used as a look-out, to the northwest.

Visit Notes

Sakurabasamajō is a hirajiro (flatland castle) featuring 5m tall dorui (earthen ramparts) and mizubori (water moats). The castle was situated on a slope and the mizubori were situated below. Ramparts surround the whole castle compound, but the rear portions are covered in bamboo thickets. Considering the castle's name, it was only fitting to also find lots of sakura trees here.

  • Mizubori

Castle Profile
English Name Sakurabasama Castle
Japanese Name 桜生城
Founder Sawa Clan; Sawa Kiyomitsu
Year Founded Mid' 16th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Koguchi, Mizubori, Dorui
Features water moats, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Yasu Station on the Biwako Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Yasu, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 4' 15.96" N, 136° 2' 24.83" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Shiro Meguri
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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