Iwazushin Castle

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History

Iwazushinjō was first built as one of the ‘Seven Castles of Iwazu’, at which time it was referred to as ‘Iwazu Upper Castle’. It was restored and expanded by the Matsudaira Clan at the time of the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute. The ruins of ‘Iwazu New Castle’ date to this time. More ruins apparently remained up until about a quarter of a century ago when the area was heavily developed for housing. For more information see my profile on Iwazu Castle.


Visit Notes

Iwazushinjō, literally ‘Iwazu New Castle’, is a flatland castle site in Iwazu Township, Okazaki Municipality. Although the site has been largely developed over, some notable ruins of earthworks remain. To the west of a spared patch of fields is a copse of bamboo. This bamboo hides earthworks of the medieval castle, including a segment of karabori (dry moat) and dorui (earthen ramparts), and perhaps the remnant of a dobashi (earthen bridge). I descended into the trench for a closer look, finding many bamboo shoots shooting up. The site is now fields and residential sprawl.




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Castle Profile
English Name Iwazushin Castle
Japanese Name 岩津新城
Alternate Names Iwazu-Kaminojō (岩津上ノ城)
Founder Matsudaira Nobumitsu; Tokugawa Ieyasu
Year Founded 1426; 1584
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest Station is Kitanomasuzuka Station on the Aichi Loop Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 0' 26.82" N, 137° 10' 14.20" E
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Contributor ART
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