Sano Castle




Sano Nobuyoshi began construction of Sano Castle in 1602 after the Sano were forced to abandon their mountaintop fortress at Karasawayama Castle. In 1607 they completely relocated to Sano Castle. In 1614 their lands were seized and the castle was permanently abandoned.

Visit Notes

The Shiroyama Park retains the basic layout of the three central baileys of Sano Castle, but besides that there isn't much else to see. It's a quick stop on your way back from Karasawayama Castle to see where the Sano relocated. The Shiroyama Park Exit opens right up into the Sannomaru bailey of the castle.

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Castle Profile
English Name Sano Castle
Japanese Name 佐野城
Alternate Names Kasugaoka-jo
Founder Sano Nobuyoshi
Year Founded 1607
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Sano Sta. (Tobu Sano line), 1 min. walk
Visitor Information Park open any time
Time Required 20 mins
Location Sano, Tochigi Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 19' 6.49" N, 139° 34' 43.61" E
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Added to Jcastle 2007
Admin Year Visited 2007, 2017
Admin Visits June 30, 2007; November 25, 2017

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7 months ago
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Added picture of the relocated gate (佐野城移築三ノ丸表門・惣宗寺惣門 ) with description and plotted it on map; updated status to "yellow" due to its proximity to the castle. Updated my vote to two stars due to the nice trenches at the castle site ^ ^


41 months ago
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Sanojō now has a park spread across several of its baileys connected by bridges (modern style) with some earthworks and horikiri (trenches) visible. It consists of four baileys in a namikakushiki nawabari (line formation layout / one bailey after the other in a row). The baileys are from first to last, the sannomaru (third bailey), ninomaru (second bailey), honmaru (main bailey) and kitademaru (north exit bailey). The castle ruin is righg next to the train station, which has an exit directly coming out onto the sannomaru. In the sannomaru there is what looks like a temple belfry without the bell, but I don't think it is related to the castle originally. The ninomaru has a building which hosts a small exhibition about the castle. Otherwise there are just usual park things. Sanojō also has an extant structure, a gate relocated offsite. Sanojō's former Sannomaru Omotemon (front gate to the third bailey) is now the Sōmon (general gate / main gate) of Yakuyoke-Daishi, a famous local temple in Sano City.