Sunpu Castle originally started as a yakata, or fortified palace, for Imakawa Norimasa in the 1400's. However, the exact location of this palace or any other details about it are unknown. An actual castle of the type of castle we think of today was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1585. The main keep of Sunpu Castle was said to have been built three times. The second by Ieyasu in 1605 after he turned over the shogunate to Hidetada and the third was two years later after it burned down in a fire. The third keep also burned to the ground in another fire in 1635 and was never rebuilt. The castle lasted in this state until the Meiji Period when the it was dismantled and the moats were filled in. Sunpu Castle is most well known as the "retirement castle" of Ieyasu after he relinquished the shogunate to Hidetada.
Most people just view the gate and leave, but the grounds of the castle are quite large and worth your time to walk around. There are are 2 good layers of moats remaining and the stone walls have many owner's marks or inscriptions in them. See how many you can find.
|English Name||Sunpu Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, bridges, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Shizuoka Station (Tokaido main line), 10 minute walk|
|Location||Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 58' 40", 138° 23' 4"|
|Year Visited||2004, 2011|
|Visits||February 23, 2004|
|Added to Jcastle||2004|