|English Name||Takasaki Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Edo Period
|Features||gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Takasaki Sta. (Takasaki Line), 10 min. walk|
|Location||Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 19' 26", 139° 0' 15"|
|Year Visited||2008, 2017|
|Visits||November 6, 2008|
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.
Takasaki Castle is worth a visit if you happen to be in Takasaki with some free time or on your way to or from visiting Minowa Castle. Besides the 2 remaining structures and part of a moat there isn't much left to remind you that a castle was here.