The castle was built in 1228 for Iwasaki Yoshitaka. The Iwasaki lived here for 12 generations until they were moved to Iwasaki Castle in 1522. Given it's location and proximity to Karasawayama, Shimizu Castle was likely an important satellite fortification of Karasawayama Castle. After the Iwasaki, the Sano continued to control the castle until they were reassigned in 1614. The castle was abandoned at this time.
There's really not much to see here except the outlines of some trenches and an earthen embankment. Most of the grounds are the temple or private property so it's a bit difficult to gif good places for photos. This is an easy stop on the way to Karasawayama Castle and there is a hiking course that actually takes you from the opposite side of the station up to the castle, but it is a slightly longer route than the typical one from Tanuma Station. While there are no remains of note, the short lived Yoshimizu Jin'ya was also established nearby in 1616.
|English Name||Shimizu Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yoshimizu Sta. (Tobu Sano Line), 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Koseiji Temple|
|Time Required||15 mins|
|Location||Sano, Tochigi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 20' 59.06" N, 139° 34' 32.59" E|
|Visits||November 25, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|