Shimizu Yashiki (Koma)


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The Shimizu-yashiki in historical Koma County was the fortified residence of Shimizu Sandayū.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Shimizu Yashiki (Koma)
Japanese Name 巨摩清水屋敷
Founder Shimizu Sandayū
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Hori
Features water moats, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Sutama IC
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 49' 42.60" N, 138° 25' 30.18" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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