|English Name||Hamamatsu Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 3 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1958 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, gates, stone walls|
|Access||Hamamatsu Station (Tokaido Honsen), 15-20 walk, or short bus ride|
|Location||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 42' 42", 137° 43' 29"|
A castle was first built on this site around 1532 by a vassal of the Imagawa clan. This castle was called Hikuma-jo. In 1568 Tokugawa Ieyasu conquered the castle and in 1570 he moved his permanent headquarters here from Okazaki-jo . In 1577 Tokugawa renovated and expanded the castle, renaming it Hamamatsu-jo. Ieyasu spent 17 years here and engaged in some of his most well known battles from this castle.
While the main keep of Hamamatsu-jo is a reconstruction, the stone palisade it stands on is the original one built by Tokugawa Ieyasu. This palisade is built in an old style called nozura-zumi which refers to the way the stones are fit together.
The castle is in a quiet little park a short bus ride from the station. I visited this castle on one trip from Fukushima to Nagoya. On the same day I also stopped at Odawara and Kakegawa before going to Hamamatsu.