|Alternate Name||Imahashi-jo, Toyohashi-jo|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Local Historic Site|
|Location||Toyohashi, Aichi Pref.|
|Access||Toyohashi Sta. (Tokaido Line), 20 min walk or 5 min streetcar|
|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.|
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.