For more information see Koraku Castle.
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.
|English Name||Samizu Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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