Shibata Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Shibata Castle Ruins

LocationShibata City, Niigata Prefecture
Also known asAyame Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
Year built1597
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
Castle lordMizoguchi Hidekatsu
Refurbishment lord
Statue of Mizoguchi Hidekatsu
Family Crest of Mizoguchi Clan from "Wikipedia"

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Shibata Castle admission

admission fee : Free
admission time :
(April 1- October31) : am9-pm5
(November 1-November 30) : am9-pm4:30
closing period : during winter (December 1 - March 31) reference official site

Shibata Castle Google Map

Shibata Castle Images 

Sangai Yagura

Double and third floor Yagura built in the northwest corner of Honmaru is the largest building in the castle. It was a real main keep. Looking nationwide, It is unusual and very characteristic to have three killer whales on the top floor roof.
Because it is in the SDF garrison, cannot enter the castle now.
Tatsumi Yagura

A double on the second floor type built in the southeast of the Honmaru , restored with a wooden structure together with the Sangai Yagura.
Honmaru Omotemon Gate
Honmaru Omotemon Gate is Designated as National Important cultural Properties, along with Ninomaru Sumiyagura. There are four Ishi-otoshi (Stone dropping windows) on the floor of the tower. The gate is located slightly below the stone wall In order to shoot enemies approaching the gate with arrows from the side.
also called ”Iris Castle" because the surrounding area was a wetland and a lot of irises bloomed.
The stone wall of the "Kirikomihagi" connection piled up without gaps is beautiful. A valuable Samurai Residence and thatched Ashigarunagaya remains in the castle town. It is highly recommended.
Statue of Horibe Yasubei from Wikipedia

Yasubei was from the Mibataguchi family of the Shibata clan, born as the eldest son of a vassal, very famous samurai who excelled in martial arts and defeated Kira's house as one of the 47 samurais of Akō.


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