Kaneko Castle (Suwa)

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Kaneko Castle was the fortified residence of Suwa Yoritada. Before that it was the original location of the Chino Clan's castle before they moved to Ohguma Castle. Chino Masanobu had rebelled against the Suwa and so Yoritada ousted him in 1584 and set himself up in Kanekojō. Yoritada abandoned Kanekojō when he accompanied Tokugawa Ieyasu to Edo in 1590. Yoritada was returned to Suwa in 1601, having been granted a feif there, but he did not re-establish Kanekojō, and instead built Takashima Castle. In the meantime Toyotomi Hideyoshi had appointed his vassal Neno Takayoshi as the local baron and Neno's castle was at a site now called "Old Takashima Castle (Takashimako Castle)" on a hill overlooking the modern town. Stone walls were disembled and relocated from Kanekojō to Takashima. Possibly this was why Yoritada built the new Takashima Castle instead of relocating back to the now completely ruined Kaneko Castle.

Visit Notes

Although historically noteworthy nothing remains of Kaneko Castle today. There is a signboard with information about the site. The former hirajiro (flatland castle) is now houses and some fields.


Castle Profile
English Name Kaneko Castle (Suwa)
Japanese Name 諏訪金子城
Founder Suwa Yoritada
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Signboard
Visitor Information
Access Kami-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 55 minute walk. Or Chino Station; 65 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 5 minutes
Location Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 40.21" N, 138° 6' 49.43" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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