Suwa Tezuka Castle




Tezuka Castle was the fortress of Tezuka Mitsumori who was a follower of Minamoto Yoshinaka. He fought in the battle of Shinohara in 1183, as famously described in the Heike Monogatari. The castle's later history is that of a Kanasashi Clan fortification protecting the holy shrines of Suwa, part of a network of fortifications and shrines in the area, and the closest castle to one of the shrines.

Visit Notes

The site of this castle is now an overflow carpark for the adjacent Suwa-Taisha shrine. A statue and explanation board relate to the castle. A bridge connects the castle ruin to the shrine passing over the road which was once a moat.


Castle Profile
English Name Suwa Tezuka Castle
Japanese Name 諏訪手塚城
Founder Tezuka Mitsumori
Year Founded
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shimo-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Shimo-Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 4' 26.11" N, 138° 5' 24.94" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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