|English Name||Asuke Castle|
|Alternate Names||Mayumiyama castle; Asuke-Matsuyama castle|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||2 levels|
|Year Reconstructed||1990 to 1992|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, bridges, trenches, walls|
|Visitor Information||Closed on Thursday (the following day if Thursday is a public holiday). Open everyday from April 29 to May 5, November 1 to 30, and December 25 to January 5. Adults 300 yen, high school students 100 yen, junior high school age and under free.|
|Location||Toyota, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 4", 137° 19' 31"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
It is said that Asuke castle was one of the seven residences(castles) of the Asuke family during the Kamakura period(AD 1192-1333). No evidences were found about that. It's commonly acknowledged that the castle was built by Suzuki Tadachika at the end of the 15th century. It was on mount Mayumi, 301 meters above sea level. In 1525, Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, grandfather of Tokugawa Ieyasu, attacked this castle and the Suzuki family became vassals of the Matsudaira. In 1554 the Suzuki switched their allegiance to the Imagawa. In 1564, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked this castle and the Suzuki changed sides again. In 1571, Takeda Shingen took the castle with an army of 25000. In 1575, Matsudaira Nobuyasu, eldest son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, retook the castle from the Takeda. In 1590, the castle was abandoned, when Ieyasu was moved to the Kanto area by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
There are several ways to get at Asuke. I departed from Nagoya. I took a Ltd. Express at the Meitetsu Nagoya Station, on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, bound for Toyohashi. I got off at Higashi-Okazaki Station, after a 30min ride(660yen). At the North Exit, at bus stop 4, i took the bus n°8 bound for Asuke. After a 70min ride(800yen) i got off at bus stop Korankei Ichinotaniguchi. From there it's 1.5km to the castle. I tried another way to get back at Nagoya. I took a bus at bus stop Korankei(in front of Asuke Hachiman shrine). It's also bus n°8, but of the Toyota-city bus company. It is bound for Toyota Welfare Hospital. After a 50min ride(500yen) i got off at Josui Station. This station is on the Meitetsu Toyota Line. I bought a ticket for Nagoya Station for 890yen. At Akaike Station the line becomes the Nagoya Subway Tsurumai Line. I decided to continue in the same train, but this one doesn't go to Nagoya Station. I wanted to visit a little bit of the centre of Nagoya, so after a 50min ride, i got off at Marunouchi Station. The ticket was not valid to get out of the station, but when i showed it to a staff member, he told me i could pass. Asuke is very well known for it's momiji(red maples) in november. The Korankei is a valley with 4000 maple trees. During this period there are frequently traffic jams, which lenghtens the time considerably with the bus. After i visited the castle i went through the Korankei valley. i visited also the Sanshu Asuke Yashiki. There are several old buildings used by different artisans : paper makers, weavers,...