Samizu Castle


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For more information see Koraku Castle.

Visit Notes

Samizujō, 'Castle of Three Waters', is twinned with Korakujō, being located above it on the same mountain. Some sites call the castle Misuijō, an alternative reading, but Ranmaru-sensei calls it Samizujō and he's a local so I'm going with that. Samizujō's most prominent feature is a series of horikiri (trenches) one after the other along the ridge to the rear. The forward horikiri and dorui (earthen rampart) complex before the shukuruwa (main bailey) I also judged to be very impressive, though it was especially intimidating for me because this area of the castle ruin was covered in snow which made climbing it, even with the assistance of a handy rope, quite tricky. Dorui and koshikuruwa (sub-baileys) are also found around the shukuruwa.

  • Horikiri / Trench

Castle Profile
English Name Samizu Castle
Japanese Name 三水城
Alternate Names Misuijō
Founder Murakami Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Tekuno-Sakaki Station on the Shinano Railway; 35 minute walk to trailhead
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Sakaki, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 26' 1.07" N, 138° 10' 9.91" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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