Nishio Castle 西尾城
Year 1221
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Saijo-jo, Tsuru-jo, Tsuruga-jo
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Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Nishio, Aichi Pref.
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Access Nishio Sta. (Meitetsu Nishio Line); 15 min walk
Website Nishio City History Park
Visited October 15, 2009
Notes There are some samurai homes and other historic sites in the city too, but it was getting too late to go anywhere else.
History The history of Nishio Castle actually dates back to the 13th century with a castle called Saijo-jo built by Ashikaga Yoshiuji around 1221. After the Ashikaga, several different lords ruled over the castle gradually expanding it's territory. Under the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Sakai Shigetada fortified the castle in 1585 with moats, stone walls, yagura, gates and a tenshu, turning it into a modern castle. Lordship of the castle changed hands many times during the Edo Period and it was eventually dismantled during the Meiji Restoration.
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  • furinkazan on My Page    May 06, 2014 at 07:43 PM
    After Okazaki, i went to this castle. The Ushitorayagura and museum were open and it's free. I could also take photos of everything in the museum which contains some nice armors and other artifacts. The reconstructed gate is very well done. I don't see any images or commentary of the reconstructed tenshukakudai. This has a very newish look and apparently they are still making work on the west side of it. I give it only 2.5 stars because there is no tenshu, but don't hesitate to visit. It will be nice to see some other parts reconstructed.
  • alek_31 on My Page    September 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    The castle is basically a three-storied turret. The inside can be visited, but no exhibits are available and it`s difficult to see the view from the last level. My reasons for grating three stars: entry to the turret and museum is free, the museum guides are very enthusiastic and offer ample explanations regarding the castle history and the tea house located in the ninomaru area. The tea house has an amazing garden, aa beautiful view of the castle, you can take pictures inside, the staff is frendly and informative. And of course, you get a chance to enjoy a wonderful matcha set (one of the best I had in Japan; personally, I think it beat anything I had in Kyoto). If you`re in the area and you have time,give it a chance.
  • RaymondW on My Page    August 08, 2011 at 08:28 PM
    The curse of Monday strikes again! This is another one of those minor castle sites in Japan that is closed on Mondays. There is a museum, a gate, and a turret, but both the museum and turret were closed. Some restored water moats and earthen embankments can be seen. There are also the remains of a well in the honmaru remains. Some remnants of original ishigaki can still be seen. Since I could not visit either the turret or museum, I can only give this castle site, a one-star rating on Mondays. If you are using a JR Seishun-18 ticket, you can get off at JR Anjo and either walk to the Meitetsu Kita-Anjo or Minami-Anjo Station. The latter has more trains because the express trains also stop there. A one-way Meitetsu ticket from either of the Anjo stations to Nishio Station cost 340yen. From Nishio Station, it is around a 15 minute walk to the site.
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Nishio, Aichi Pref.
Nishio Castle views
Ushitora Yagura Ushitora Yagura
Chuujakumon Gate Chuujakumon Gate
wall Inside of the Ushitora Yagura
moat earthen embankment
earthen embankment stone wall