Takaoka Castle

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Maeda Toshinaga built Takaoka Castle in 1609 after Toyama Castle burned down. Toshinaga died in 1614. The castle was decommissioned in 1615, before it was even finished, under the One Castle per Domain law. It was designated as a park in 1875.

Visit Notes

Several baileys and large water moats remain, but I'm not sure why it would have been selected for the Top 100.


Castle Profile
English Name Takaoka Castle
Japanese Name 高岡城
Founder Maeda Toshinaga
Year Founded 1609
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Takaoka Sta. (Hokuriku Line), 10 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.e-tmm.info/siro.htm
Location Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 44' 57.01" N, 137° 1' 14.02" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
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19 months ago
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My second visit to Takaokajō was much more rewarding than the first. When I first went in the summer of 2015 I was rather disappointed in what appeared to me to be little more than a large park with shrine buildings and sculptures. However, this time I made an exhaustive tour of the castle ruins, and we even took a boat ride in the moat. Takaokajō has two tall ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) segments either side of an earthen bridge between the honmaru (main bailey) and ninomaru (second bailey). One side is approachable from below but the other is immediately adjacent to a mizubori (water moat) and the only way to get a good look is by boat. The boat didn't stop for us to appreciate the ishigaki, though, as I thought it might, but instead turned right around again. I realised then that the boat ride is mostly for people with little interest in ishigaki... I took some pictures to analyse at my leisure. Having inspected the other side I found lots of kokuin, or impressions in the stone blocks of the ishigaki, in various patterns, such as manji (swastika) and kushidango (skewered gelatinous rice balls) shapes. Takaokajō is really a fantastic site when one appreciates the mizubori (water moats), dorui (earthen ramparts) and aforementioned ishigaki. I went around each bailey and the whole of the outer moat. The park contains various facilities, and some of these obscure the dorui unfortunately. Luckily the zoo there is free to enter so one can get a glimpse of some solid dorui there. Dorui is likewise found around the honmaru and other baileys. Other structures include bridges, both reconstructed and earthen. Lastly, the park is really lovely in spring, with flowers blooming, birds chirping, and chubby babies a-romping.


19 months ago
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The reason Takaoka was selected for the top 100 is because each prefecture needed at least two and they didn't have any better candidates in the prefecture after Toyama. Still, though, it is a big site with impressive features. Other good sites in Toyama also exist, such as Yasuda; maybe they were selected for the Next Top 100 but i don't keep track of that sort of thing.


38 months ago
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I've lowered my score for Toyama Castle and raised it for Takaoka Castle, haha


123 months ago
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What to add to the commentaries of the webmaster, hum, ah yes the 100 meijo stamp is in the municipal museum on the castlegrounds.