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.
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.
|English Name||Sano Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|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", 139° 34' 44"|
|Year Visited||2007, 2017|
|Visits||June 30, 2007; November 25, 2017|