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Kiyosu Castle, Once the Greatest Castle on Earth

One of the more important and historically significant castles in Japan's Sengoku, or Warring States period, was Kiyosu Castle, built between 1394 and 1427 as a major strategic defense, and later the seat of power for the Owari (western Aichi) region. Local warlord and hero, Oda Nobunaga, first of the Three Unifiers of Japan, captured the castle in 1555 and used it as his base for many years. During that time, Kiyosu grew to be one of the more vibrant cities, spurred on by Nobunaga's economic reforms and heightened security.

Nagoya Castle

Already in the late 1500's, thanks to reports of foreign missionaries' to Europe, it was known internationally as "One of the Greatest Castle Citadels on Earth", extending 1.6 km east-west, and 2.8 km north-south, having outer, central and inner moat systems.

In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu constructed Nagoya Castle. Many local castles were destroyed in favor of the new Nagoya Castle, and much of the stonework from Kiyosu's walls, as well as timbers from the various structures, were utilized. Kiyosu Castles' main keep was dismantled, and reconstructed as a turret on the north-western corner of Nagoya Castle, overlooking the moat.

Kiyosu Castle

Kiyosu Castle was reconstructed in concrete in 1989 across the small river from where the actual castle stood. The site of the keep now has a small tearoom and resting place on it, and an armor workshop where you can try on suits of samurai armor. Shockingly, the JR train lines and Bullet Train lines run directly through the old castle site, which is now a park featuring a fine statue of Nobunaga in full armor.

Kiyosu Castle

The current reconstructed Kiyosu Castle is now a symbol of the city of Kiyosu, and a well planned museum featuring some fascinating displays and interesting artifacts regarding the castles’ history, and its important role in history. Take the time to cross the red bridge out front to see the actual castle site on the other side of the river too. The surrounding area retains some historical sites, old dwellings and warehouses which can be visited with help of a Kiyosu History Walking Map, available at the castle.


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Location : 〒452-0932
1-1 Shiroyashiki, Asahi, Kiyosu-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Adults 300 yen
Junior high school and elementary school students 150 yen
Kindergarten, toddlers and younger free of charge
days / hours
: •Tenshu Tower 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
•Arts and Culture Hall 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
•Park's Multi-Purpose Ground from daybreak - 9:00 PM
(from November to March, from daybreak to sunset)
Parking : Available, free of charge (cap. 113 cars, 9 buses, gates open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, times may vary under special events or conditions)
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Monday (the following day if Monday coincides with a public holiday or substitute holiday), December 29 to 31
*: Open everyday during October.
Phone number : 052-409-7330

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    •15 min. (1.2km) southwards walk from Kiyosu Station of the JR Tokaido Main Line (board from JR Nagoya Station), or;
    •12 min. (1km) northwards from Shin-Kiyosu Station of the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (board from Meitetsu Nagoya Station).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    •Approx. 5 min. (1.9km) westwards from Kiyosu Exit of the Nagoya Expressway 6 Kiyosu Route (towards Route 302 to Tobishima, then left south bound at the intersection with Route 153), or;
    •Approx. 5 min. (1.7km) westwards from Kiyosu-Higashi Exit of the Nagoya Daini Kanjo (Mei-Nikan) Expressway (along Route 302 to Tobishima, then left south bound at the intersection with Route 153), or;
    •Approx. 10 min. (3.4km) northeastwards from Jimokuji-Kita Exit of the Nagoya Daini Kanjo (Mei-Nikan) Expressway via routes 128, and 127.

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