Iwasaki Castle 岩崎城
main keep
Picture Donated by Guillaume H.
Founder Oda Nobuhide
Niwa-owari
Year unknown
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Reconstructed 1987 (concrete)
Structure 5 levels, 7 stories
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Location Nisshin, Aichi Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Nisshin Sta. (Meitetsu Toyota Line); 10 min bus
Website Iwasaki Castle Homepage
Notes Pictures by Guillaume H.
History

It is not known exactly when this castle was constructed, but it is was most likely built by Oda Nobuhide (Nobunaga's father) to help protect his Eastern borders. In 1529, Matsudaira Kiyoyasu (Ieyasu's grandfather) attacked Iwasaki Castle and took control. When Kiyoyasu was assassinated in 1535 by one of his retainers, Abe Masatoyo, Ieyasu's father Hirotada ascended to the control of the Matsudaira clan. The family itself withdrew from Iwasaki Castle and placed their retainer Niwa Ujikiyo in charge. Four generations of Niwa ruled for approximately 60 years until the Battle of Sekigahara.

Iwasaki Castle actually fell to the Toyotomi forces led by Ikeda Tsuneoki in the Battle for Iwasaki (1584) during the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute. Niwa Ujitsugu, the castle lord at that time, lost his brother Ujishige and many warriors. In the Battle of Sekigahara, Niwa fought for the Tokugawa and was given lands in modern day Toyota City for his allegiance. Iwasaki Castle was then abandoned.

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  • furinkazan on My Page    May 04, 2014 at 06:38 PM
    After Kiyosu i visited this castle. To get there i went back to Nagoyastation. Since i bought a Donichi Eco-pass i used the subways. First to Marunouchi and from there to Akaike. This is the last subway station on that line. Beware the train continues but on the Meitetsu line. From Akaikestation i took a Kurorinbasu to Ontakeguchi(=200yen). There are only 1 bus per hour to 1h and half. It takes 15min to Ontakeguchi and from there 5min walking to the castle. From the busstop you see the castle. The castlegrounds were somewhat interesting, but the interior of the castle was void of any thing interesting. The entrance is free. I liked the fact that families may put replica-armors to walk around. I saw alot of kawaii bushi LOL.
  • Usagi on My Page    February 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
    Short drive from Nagoya, and short stop on the way to the more interesting ruins of the Daikyu castle. This castle has a few interesting features such a the contrivance with its interesting musical sounds and the remains of an ancient well and a turret.
  • John    May 13, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    another rough translation: That is a small keep, although I assume that it was established in the days before larger tenshu were even thought of.
  • anonymous    May 08, 2011 at 10:29 PM
    Der ist ein kleiner Unterhalt, obgleich ich annehme, daß er in den Tagen errichtet wurde, bevor größeres tenshu sogar an gedacht wurden.
  • Alamo6400    January 08, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    WHAT THE HELK THIS CASTLE WAS BUILT BY ODA NOBUNAGA 'S FATHER ODA NOBUHIDE AWESOME THE ODA CLAN IS SO AWESOME I WISH THERE SHOGUNATE NEVER ENDED AND BE AND RULE JAPAN FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
  • Lynden C    January 15, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    This Castle was kinda difficult to find. You can catch a bus there bus as the station master told me it takes a good 20 minutes by bus which takes you well out of your way and it's better to walk. Basically you just walk in a straight line down hill along the main road until you can just see the top of Iwasaki above the trees on your right. Keep an eye out though because it's easy to overlook. The castle is free admission but there isn't really anything in there but some stuffed animals. I did enjoy the castles interesting design though.
  • Webmaster    January 30, 2008 at 01:34 AM
    A rough Babelfish translation of the below reads "A valuable and beautiful castle, like all the Japanese castles, reconstructed skillfully. Thanks to participate to me of this important cultural aspect."
  • Hugo Quintero Miño    January 28, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    Un valioso y hermoso castillo, como todos los castillos japoneses, reconstruido magistralmente. Gracias por participarme de este importante aspecto cultural.
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