Ansho Castle




The castle was founded by Wada Chikahira in 1440. The Matsudaira defeated them in 1471 and moved into the castle. This became the family home of the Matsudaira until Matsudaira Kiyoyasu (Ieyasu's grandfather) moved to Okazaki. After the Matsudaira vacated, the area surrounding the castle was the site of several heated battles between the Matsudaira, Imakawa and Oda. The castle was abandoned in 1562. Ansho Castle was surrounded by moats and earthen embankments, but never had a tenshu.

Visit Notes

I think I was "tricked" into visiting this castle. On my way to Nishio Castle, there was a poster for the museum and the ruins of Ansho Castle with a photo that looked like it should be a castle wall and the top of a yagura. Actually it was just the temple you see in the honmaru ruins. The museum looks like it might be a nice local history museum but I passed on it and continued on to Nishio instead.

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  • Daijoji Temple.
  • honmaru ruins

Castle Profile
English Name Ansho Castle
Japanese Name 安祥城
Founder Wada Chikahira
Year Founded 1440
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Minami Anjo Sta. (Meitetsu Nishio Line); 10 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Anjo, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 56' 43.98" N, 137° 5' 56.98" E
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Added to Jcastle 2009
Admin Year Visited 2009
Admin Visits October 15, 2009

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65 months ago
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I see that the Japanese wikipedia article gives the reading of this site as Anjōjō あんじょうじょう.


102 months ago
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After Nishiojou and Toujoujou, i went to this site. I decided to go there because i changed from the Meitetsu-line to the JR-line in this city. The stations are 1km from each other and the site of the castle is 1km on the same road but in the other direction from Minamianjo-station on the Meitetsu-line. There is indeed not alot to see. I like also temples and shrines, so i wasn't completely disappointed. If you go for a castle you'll be very disappointed.


142 months ago
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Tokugawa is a branch of the Matsudaira clan that was founded by Ieyasu.

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142 months ago
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for some reason why does the the banner of the matsudaira clan look like the banner of the tokugawa clan