Hamamatsu Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Hamamatsu Castle
Japanese Name 浜松城
Alternate Names Hikuma-jo
Founder Tokugawa Ieyasu
Year Founded 1570
Castle Type Hilltop
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
Visitor Information
Access Hamamatsu Station (Tokaido Honsen), 15-20 walk, or short bus ride
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/lifeindex/play/park/parks/hamamatsujou/siro1.htm
Location Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 42' 42", 137° 43' 29"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 1999
Visits May 1999
Added 1999
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History

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.

Visit Notes

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.



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Kiddus i2003Ashigaru

21 months ago
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At the time of my visit a lot of running repairs was being carried out to various walls. Interesting little castle, but more could be done to make it interesting.
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BryanbaierPeasant

70 months ago
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Small, not that authentic but a great place to enjoy Japanese gardens and sakura
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UsagiAshigaru

71 months ago
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There are numerous castles in this area that can be viewed in combination with a car. From Tokyo this is about a 3 and a half our drive each way if the roads stay clear. Again well worth the drive for the views of Fuji in the winter particularly with the sun setting behind her. The castle is located at the back of the ward office and while small runs information tours and has a considerable amount of historical information and photos of the area.
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Alamo6400Peasant

83 months ago
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hamamatsu `castle that hamamatsu castle reminds me of the battle of mikatagahara takeda army forced the tokugawa forces to retreat back to hamamatsu castle
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KrisGunshi

85 months ago
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I visited Hamamatsu in January; the blue skies certainly helped make it more photogenic. There is a statue of Ieyasu out the front which can make for interesting photos. Speaking of interesting photos; the ground floor has two replica katana you're allowed to hold and pose with; you don't even have to request them. The well in the basement was interesting; the views from the top were average.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

90 months ago
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I was a little disappointed by this castle. The location isn't very nice and the armors inside are replicas.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

100 months ago
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I visited this castle in april, just after visiting Kakegawajo and Sunpupark. I was a little bit disappointed by this one. It is a concrete reconstruction which, in mine opinion, is a negative point, and the sight from and around the castle isn't very pleasing. It is easy to walk to the castle from the station. There are signs indicating the way.