Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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Shibata Castle

Images: Fujinamiism


Shibata Domain

1600 - 1871

Mizoguchi Clan

60,000 Koku

Shibata Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Niigata Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Echigo Province. It is associated with the Mizoguchi clan. Dates in use: 1598 - 1873.

This castle has managed to retain two of its Edo period buildings, the Omote Gate & a corner turret from the secondary enclosure. Recent times has seen the rebuilding of a three-story turret & the Tatsumi Turret. These buildings are complemented by the remaining large section of moat.


1587 The older Shibata castle, dating from the Muromachi period, was destroyed and its lords, the Shibata clan perished.
1598 The Mizoguchi clan were stationed here & built a new flatland castle. The Mizoguchi clan would remain here until the closing of the feudal period.
1647 The Tatsumi Turret was completed
1668 Several buildings & gates were destroyed by fire.
1679 The three-story Turret was reconstructed.
1712 Additional reconstructed buildings were completed.
1732 The Ote Gate was reconstructed.
1871 The castle was abandoned by its samurai lords however the castle continued to be used by imperial forces for some time thereafter.
2004 The three-story Turret & the Tatsumi Turret were completed.

Historical recognition

Omote GateImportant Cultural Property
Ninomaru Sumi TurretImportant Cultural Property