Arako Castle


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Arako Castle was built by Maeda Toshimasa in the mid-16th century. According to a historical document called the Biyōzakki, Arakojō measured 68m east-west and 50m north-south. It was surrounded by a single layer of moats. The castle was a base of the Maeda Clan before their move to Echizen Province and likely chiefly used as a residence. Castellans included Maeda Toshimasa, Maeda Toshihisa, Maeda Toshiie and Maeda Toshinaga. Maeda Toshiie was apparently born at the castle. Arakojō was abandoned around 1575.

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Arakojō. The site of the castle is now a shrine and small park. A signboard at the shrine explains about the castle and Maeda Toshiie. Banners there proudly proclaim 'the birthplace of Maeda Toshiie'. The nearby temple, Arako-Kannonji, also has some history related to the Maeda Clan and existed alongside Arakojō. The temple's Tahōtō (stupa) was built in 1536, possibly around the same time as the castle, and is the oldest building in modern Nagoya. A thatched-roof shrine at the temple honours the Maeda.

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  • Shrine with Maeda banners at castle site
  • Tahoutou Stupa
  • Kannonji Sanmon

Castle Profile
English Name Arako Castle
Japanese Name 荒子城
Founder Maeda Toshimasa
Year Founded Mid-16th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Signboard only
Visitor Information
Access Arako Station on the Aonami Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 mins
Location Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 8' 6.40" N, 136° 51' 22.68" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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