The origins of the castle are not clear. In 1514, Inoo Noritsura, a vassal of the Imagawa, likely built the first castle here. In 1568, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked Sakai Tadatsugu and took control of the castle. Ieyasu started construction of Hamamatsu Castle in 1570 and Hikuma Castle became a minor part of its vast territory. Rice warehouses were here in the Edo Period and a Toshogu Shrine stands there today.
There are no castle remains to be seen besides the location. As you can see from the photo above the castle was situated on a small hill with views of the surrounding plains. The site is now a Toshogu Shrine.
|English Name||Hikuma Castle|
|Alternate Names||Hikima-jo, Hikumakojo, Ko-jo|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Hamamatsu Station (Tokaido Honsen Line), 20 mins walk, or 10 mins bus ride|
|Visitor Information||Toshogu Shrine|
|Time Required||15 mins|
|Location||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 42' 47.45" N, 137° 43' 42.82" E|
|Visits||January 12, 2020|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|