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Toyohashi-City Yoshida Castle (Toyohashi Park)

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A base at the front lines of a crucial battle: Yoshida Castle

The remains of Yoshida Castle's premises stretch from the entire Toyohashi Park area to the neighboring Toyohashi City Hall.
In 1564 when Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu was still part of his former Matsudaira Clan, he attacked Imagawa ally and Yoshida Castle lord Ohara Shigezane, capturing and castle and declaring Sakai Tadatsugu its new lord.
The castle underwent a variety of changes such as those brought to light during an excavation survey which showed that Sakai Tadatsugu rennovated Yoshida Castle, adding a new moat. The castle later fell into the hands of Ikeda Terumasa, a subordinate of Hashiba Hideyoshi, who then went on to modify the greater castle precinct. Ruins of the castle while under Terumasa's control reveal a stone wall beneath the Kurogane Turret which is said to have been built using state-of-the-art technology of the time.
Many may be surprised to know that Yoshida Castle belonged to Ikeda Terumasa, known for his later construction of Himeji Castle—now a World Heritage Site. That such an integral figure was given ownership of Yoshida Castle shows its importance as a castle at the front lines of Japan's warring past.

From the days of Battle of Sekigahara to the Meiji Restoration: A castle left unfinished

Various engravings can be seen on the rocks used in Yoshida Castle's stone wall near the stairs from the side of the corner turret leading to the Toyo River and the entrance to the palace area. These "Stone Wall Engravings", as they're called, are something like the signatures of the daimyos and their vassals who took part in the castle's construction. You can find nearly 60 of them along the rocks used in stone wall—rocks which are believed to have been remainders in the construction of Nagoya Castle and later recycled for use at Yoshida Castle.
Units from Japan's former imperial army were placed here after the Meiji period, and reminders of such days as well as other events throughout history can be seen across the area.


Location : 〒440-0801
3 Imahashi-cho, Toyohashi-shi, Aichi
Fee : Free of charge

• Prices are subject to change. Check the official site, etc. for the most up-to-date information.
days / hours
: Access to the interior of Kurogane Turret available free of charge 10:00 am–3:00 pm on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun. (Available to view from the outside at any time.)
Parking : Available

• Use the Toyohashi Park Parking Lot.
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Mon (closed on Mon only as of Apr 1, 2019)

• Closed if Mon coincides with a national holiday.
Phone number : • Yoshida Castle: 0532-51-2430 (Tourism Promotion Section, Toyohashi City Hall)
• Toyohashi Park: 0532-51-2650 (Parks and Green Spaces Section, Toyohashi City Hall)

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Toyohashi Station (reachable from Nagoya Station using the JR Tokaido Main Line, Meitetsu Nagoya Line, or JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line), take the Toyotetsu City Line tram from Ekimae Station and get off at either Shiyakusho-Mae Station or Toyohashikoen-Mae Station. Walk 3 min. north.

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