The history of Takasaki Castle begins with Wada Castle constructed by Wada Yoshinobu around 1428. After the fall of the Hojo in 1590, Wada Castle was destroyed.
Tokugawa Ieyasu had Ii Naomasa (lord of Minowa castle) construct a castle in Takasaki at this strategic crossroads of the Nakasendo and Mikuni trade routes. Ii Naomasa renamed the area Takasaki and built up the foundations of the castle town. After three years, Ii Naomasa was sent to Hikone where he built the famous Hikone Castle. Starting with Ando Shigenobu in 1619, the castle underwent 77 years rebuilding and reconstruction. During the Meiji Period, Takasaki Castle was actually one of the castles that were saved under the Castle Abolition Law for use as government or military purposes. Even so, all the buildings were eventually destroyed or sold. The East Gate and Inui Yagura are both original, but were moved here from other locations. Today, the city offices, a hospital, schools, etc occupy part of the Sannomaru where the yagura and gate were moved to.
if you spend any time in Gunma visiting the many interesting castles you'll likely find yourself with some free time at Takasaki Station at some point. That's the perfect time to take the short walk to visit these few ruins. For my second visit, I got off the bus near the castle on the way back from Takatome Castle. The second time through i found some more points of interest I did not see the first time years ago, like the stone waterway. See the photos for details.
|English Name||Takasaki Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Takasaki Sta. (Takasaki Line), 10 min. walk|
|Visitor Information||open any time|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Location||Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 19' 26", 139° 0' 15"|
|Year Visited||2008, 2017|
|Visits||November 6, 2008; November 24, 2017|