Tojo Castle




The castle was built when Kira Yoshitsugu became the lord of Tôjô land in 13th century. In 1222, Ashikaga Yoshiuji became the Shugo Daimyo of Mikawa, and he gave his son Yoshitsugu the land of Tôjô. Until the fall of Ashikaga clan in Sengoku period, Tojo was important for the government of Mikawa.

The 12th lord, Kira Mochihiro, married the sister of Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, the grandfather of Tokugawa Ieyasu. When Kiyoyasu was killed, he saved his son (Senchiyo, the father of Ieyasu) and raised him until he became adult. After the battle of Okehazama, Ieyasu made alliance with Nobunaga and defeated Tôjô Castle. However, when Ieyasu unified Japan, he found a descendant of Kira Mochihiro and hired him as Hatamoto.

Tôjô castle was governed by the Matsudaira clan, after Ieyasu defeated this castle, and kept until 1607. Then, it was destroyed.

Visit Notes

After visiting Nishio-jo i went to this castle. It is 2 stations away from Nishio station on the Meitetsu Nishio line. Get out at Kamiyokosuka Station. Go directly right and the next road to the right to go over the railroad tracks. Just after take left and follow always road 42 untill you reach road 318. There take right and normally you'll see the watchtower of the castle afar.

Profile and photos by Jcastle user Furinkazan


Castle Profile
English Name Tojo Castle
Japanese Name 東条城
Founder Kira Yoshitsugu
Year Founded 13th century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, turrets
Visitor Information
Access Kamiyokosuka Sta. (Meitetsu Nisho Line), 2.3 km walk
Visitor Information Free entrance. I didn't saw any closing hours.
Time Required 30 mins
Location Nishio, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 50' 6.00" N, 137° 5' 26.02" E
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Added to Jcastle 2014
Contributor Furinkazan
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16 months ago
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not sure how to reply to comments but i read about it. apparently it's all gone.


11 months ago
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That's sad to read. It was a nice little reconstruction of a gate and tower. I'm happy I saw it and could share some pictures with this site.


11 months ago
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you took lovely pictures, Furinkazan. we're lucky you went! i'm sad i couldn't take better ones on my only visit.


18 months ago
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It's sad but important to state that in 2021 the lovely reconstructions shown here were torn down due to "deterioration".


18 months ago
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no way! did you visit? Is there anything there now?