Yoshida Castle 吉田城
Founder Makino Kohaku
Year 1505
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Imahashi-jo, Toyohashi-jo
Reconstructed 1954
Structure 3 level
Admin's Rating ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Toyohashi, Aichi Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Toyohashi Sta. (Tokaido Line), 20 min walk or 5 min streetcar
Website Toyohashi Sights
Visited October 16, 2009
Notes I only stopped by Yoshida Castle because I had some extra time in the area, but I am very glad that I did. There is a fair number of stone walls and some large moats that give you a fairly good picture of the castle.
History The castle was originally built in 1505 by Makino Kohaku and was called Imahashi Castle. It was involved in several conflicts in the region during the Sengoku Period and lordship of the castle changed hands several times. In 1565, the region came under the control of Tokugawa Ieyasu who named Sakai Tadatsugu lord of the castle.

In 1590, when Tokugawa moved to the Kanto region, Hideyoshi gave control of the castle to Ikeda Terumasa. Ikeda repaired and improved much of the castle and developed the surrounding castle town. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Ikeda Terumasa moved to Himeji Castle and Yoshida Castle came under the control of Matsudaira Iekiyo. During the Edo Period, lordship of the castle changed hands many times until the coming of the Meiji Period.

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  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    June 07, 2015 at 03:42 AM
    Another castle with a great location shame it was never rebuilt.
  • furinkazan on My Page    May 08, 2014 at 07:57 PM
    It's indeed a nice little castle to go for. Sadly the tower wawsn't open. From a sign on the door i could say that it was open during the 4-day golden weekend and apparently on the next sundays until end of june, hours from 10 to 15.
  • RaymondW on My Page    September 11, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    This is not a bad little castle to visit with plenty of stone walls to see, particularly around the honmaru and some of the moats have been preserved. I went yesterday after going to Okazaki Castle and just missed out on being able to suss out the inside of the reconstructed turret. It was opened from 10:00 – 3:00. There was a sign hanging on the door saying that it will be opened again on 11th / 18th / 19th / 23th / 25th September.
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Toyohashi, Aichi Pref.
Yoshida Castle views
main keep Kurogane yagura.
Kurogane yagura entrance to the honmaru
stone walls stone walls
moat stone walls and moat
moat stone walls, moat
stone walls map