Sakurai Castle




Sakuraijō was built in the late 15th century by Ōra Tadashige who became a retainer of Matsudaira Nobumitsu. Matsudaira Chikatada's fourth son, Matsudaira Oyafusa, became lord of the castle but he had no children, and so he adopted Matsudaira Nobusada, third son of Matsudaira Nobuchika, who founded the Sakurai-Matsudaira branch. In 1590 the Sakurai-Matsudaira Clan were transferred to Kantō along with Tokugawa Ieyasu who set them up in Musashi-Matsuyamajō with a fiefdom worth 10,000石. Sakuraijō was abandoned at this time.

Visit Notes

Sakurai Castle is a minor site consisting of a few ruins, a reconstructed kabukimon (a threadbare gateway) and what looks like a dwarf-sized watch tower model. A hillock with a commemorative marker atop is a dorui (earthen ramparts) segment. The site is now a park with modern ishigaki.

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  • marker for castle site

Castle Profile
English Name Sakurai Castle
Japanese Name 桜井城
Alternate Names 櫻井城
Founder Ōra Tadashige
Year Founded Late 15th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Reconstructed Kabukimon
Visitor Information
Access Sakurai Station on the Meitetsu Nishio Line; 8 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Anjo, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 55' 14.05" N, 137° 5' 33.04" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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