Azai Higashi Castle




Azai-higashijō was constructed as the residence of Ôtsu Munetoki in the mid' 16th century. Munetoki originally had ties to the Kira Clan, but then served the Matsudaira. He joined the Mikawa-Ikkō-Ikki uprising against Matsudaira Motoyasu (Tokugawa Ieyasu), but, of course, that rebellion failed in 1564. Munetoki was forgiven by Ieyasu, but was killed attacking Tōjōjō to the south of Azai-higashijō in 1565; his residence in Azai was then abandoned. Munetoki's elder brother, Kichiaki, is also believed to have been lord of Azai-nishijō around that time. Members of the Ôtsu Clan are said to be interred on Gosagoyama, the castle-mount between Azai-higashijō and Azai-nishijō.

Visit Notes

Azai-higashijō ('Azai East Castle') is a fortified residence site in Higashi-Azai Township in Nishio Municipality. No ruins remain, but there is a stone marker commemorating the castle at the foot of a small hill with an Inari shrine atop. It appears this site was twinned with and subordinated to Azai-nishijō.


Castle Profile
English Name Azai Higashi Castle
Japanese Name 浅井東城
Founder Ôtsu Munetoki
Year Founded Mid' 16th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Sakurai-Minami Station on the Meitetsu-Nishio Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nishio, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 22.78" N, 137° 6' 22.93" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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