Matsudaira Castle




The castle was founded by Matsudaira Chikauji in the 14th C. One legend says that Chikauji spent his days at the Matsudaira Yakata but stayed in this castle at night for safety. When Tanaka Yoshimasa became lord of Mikawa in 1590, the castle was abandoned.

Visit Notes

This is a small mountaintop castle built on an extension of ridge that comes down to nearly close off the valley of the Matsudaira village. The castle itself itself is not that high and is a fairly simple design so if you visit the village I highly recommend walking up to the castle. The main bailey is at the highest point and there are two smaller baileys along the ridge leading up to it and one smaller one along the way that sits at the farthest point to look down over the valley. Behind the main bailey is a large horikiri trench cutting off the castle from the rest of the ridgeline. It's a bit hard to get to from the main trail coming from the west side, but I discovered later that there is probably a trail along the east side of the castle that will take you into the big horikiri too.

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Castle Profile
English Name Matsudaira Castle
Japanese Name 松平城
Alternate Names Goshiki-jo
Founder Matsudaira Chikauji
Year Founded 14th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Toyotashi Sta (Meitetsu); 30 mins bus to Matsudairago bus stop
Visitor Information mountain trail, open 24/7
Time Required 45 mins
Location Toyota, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 2' 44.88" N, 137° 15' 46.44" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2020
Admin Visits January 14, 2020
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