Hikuma Castle

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The origins of the castle are not clear. In 1514, Inoo Noritsura, a vassal of the Imagawa, likely built the first castle here. In 1568, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked Sakai Tadatsugu and took control of the castle. Ieyasu started construction of Hamamatsu Castle in 1570 and Hikuma Castle became a minor part of its vast territory. Rice warehouses were here in the Edo Period and a Toshogu Shrine stands there today.

Visit Notes

There are no castle remains to be seen besides the location. As you can see from the photo above the castle was situated on a small hill with views of the surrounding plains. The site is now a Toshogu Shrine.

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Castle Profile
English Name Hikuma Castle
Japanese Name 曳馬城
Alternate Names Hikima-jo, Hikumakojo, Ko-jo
Founder Inoo Noritsura
Year Founded 1514
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Hamamatsu Station (Tokaido Honsen Line), 20 mins walk, or 10 mins bus ride
Visitor Information Toshogu Shrine
Time Required 15 mins
Location Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 42' 47.45" N, 137° 43' 42.82" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2020
Admin Visits January 12, 2020

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12 months ago
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I also went to Hikuma castle on 22/05/2023, after Hamamatsu castle, which is actually the older site of Hamamatsu castle. There is now a shrine and statues of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. There is something strange to this, since Ieyasu is depicted as an older man and Hideyoshi as a young boy. In reality, Hideyoshi was older than Ieyasu.


42 months ago
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Hikumajō (Hamamatsu)  曳馬城・引間城 [浜松]

Hikuma Castle was the castle which predated Hamamatsu Castle in this vicinity. Today the castle site is appropriately a Tōshōgū (Tokugawan Shrine). Statues stand here of Tokugawa Ieyasu wielding a saihai, and also of a young Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Visitors can pose between the two statues and pray at the shrine for success (Hamamatsujō is also called Shussejō, “the castle of success”).

The castle has a few different names / kanji, and could probably also be called “Old Hamamatsu Castle” too. The hill on which the shrine is built is the only clue to there once being a fortress here. The stone walls seen here are modern but I think they’re good for the atmosphere of a castle ruin at least.