Hamamatsu Castle 浜松城
Founder Tokugawa Ieyasu
Year 1570
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Alternate Name Hikuma-jo
Reconstructed 1958 (concrete)
Structure 3 levels, 3 stories
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Location Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Map Google Map
Access Hamamatsu Station (Tokaido Honsen), 15-20 walk, or short bus ride
Website Hamamatsu City
Visited May 1999
Notes The castle is in a quiet little park a short bus ride from the station. I visited this castle on one trip from Fukushima to Nagoya. On the same day I also stopped at Odawara and Kakegawa before going to Hamamatsu.

A castle was first built on this site around 1532 by a vassal of the Imagawa clan. This castle was called Hikuma-jo. In 1568 Tokugawa Ieyasu conquered the castle and in 1570 he moved his permanent headquarters here from Okazaki-jo . In 1577 Tokugawa renovated and expanded the castle, renaming it Hamamatsu-jo. Ieyasu spent 17 years here and engaged in some of his most well known battles from this castle.

While the main keep of Hamamatsu-jo is a reconstruction, the stone palisade it stands on is the original one built by Tokugawa Ieyasu. This palisade is built in an old style called nozura-zumi which refers to the way the stones are fit together.

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  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    February 03, 2016 at 05:17 AM
    At the time of my visit a lot of running repairs was being carried out to various walls. Interesting little castle, but more could be done to make it interesting.
  • bryanbaier on My Page    February 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Small, not that authentic but a great place to enjoy Japanese gardens and sakura
  • Usagi on My Page    December 27, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    There are numerous castles in this area that can be viewed in combination with a car. From Tokyo this is about a 3 and a half our drive each way if the roads stay clear. Again well worth the drive for the views of Fuji in the winter particularly with the sun setting behind her. The castle is located at the back of the ward office and while small runs information tours and has a considerable amount of historical information and photos of the area.
  • Alamo6400    January 08, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    hamamatsu `castle that hamamatsu castle reminds me of the battle of mikatagahara takeda army forced the tokugawa forces to retreat back to hamamatsu castle
  • Kris on My Page    October 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM
    I visited Hamamatsu in January; the blue skies certainly helped make it more photogenic. There is a statue of Ieyasu out the front which can make for interesting photos. Speaking of interesting photos; the ground floor has two replica katana you're allowed to hold and pose with; you don't even have to request them. The well in the basement was interesting; the views from the top were average.
  • furinkazan on My Page    June 13, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    I was a little disappointed by this castle. The location isn't very nice and the armors inside are replicas.
  • furinkazan    August 04, 2009 at 01:02 AM
    I visited this castle in april, just after visiting Kakegawajo and Sunpupark. I was a little bit disappointed by this one. It is a concrete reconstruction which, in mine opinion, is a negative point, and the sight from and around the castle isn't very pleasing. It is easy to walk to the castle from the station. There are signs indicating the way.
  • malik    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 PM
    this is awsome dud
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