Koromo Castle was built by Naito Satofumi, second lord of the Koromo Domain, to avoid the flooding of the Yahagi River. Also refer to the history of Sakura Castle (Aichi) for a more detailed depiction of how Koromo Castle came to be.
Koromo Castle was built with two yagura and a small donjon. It was also called Shichishu-jo (“Seven Country Castle”) because from the castle one could see seven provinces: Mikawa, Owari, Mino, Shinano, Tōtōmi, Ise, Ōmi.
Koromo Castle consists of a stone wall segment with a turret atop. The turret is not original and was reconstructed in 1978 (English Wikipedia says “1959”, which I think is a mistake, and Japanese Wikipedia says 1977; I’m using 1978 because that’s what the sign at the site says). Now part of a park, the site is quite small, although the original castle was more expansive. A depiction of the original castle is shown at the site. The yagura was not open when we visited. Next to the castle is a large tea pavilion called Yūjitsutei which was originally built as a sho’in and chashitsu at Terabejō (long lost go’ten remnant perhaps? Although Terabejō became a jin’ya in 1618), but was relocated to a temple, Ryūju’in, in 1892 before being acquired by Toyota City in 1977.
|English Name||Koromo Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||turrets, stone walls|
|Access||Toyotashi Sta. (Meitetsu Mikawa Line), 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||25 minutes|
|Location||Toyota, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 4' 47.14" N, 137° 9' 2.02" E|
|Visits||January 14, 2020|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|
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