The castle was built by Lord Hineno from 1592 to 1598. It is the highest elevation flatland castle ever constructed in Japan. The castle is also known as a the "Floating Castle" because it was built on a small island in the lake that was connected to the shore by a narrow path of land. The lake now since a couple blocks West of the castle and is periodically dredged to maintain a consistent shoreline.
The Suwa clan had ruled over the area around Lake Suwa for hundreds of years but lost control in 1542. In 1601 they regained control and continued to rule until 1869. In the 1870's the castle was dismantled by order of the Meiji government.
Visit the Suwa Taisha shrines around Lake Suwa while you are in the area. They are some of the oldest shrines in Japan and designated Important Cultural Properties.
|English Name||Takashima Castle|
|Alternate Names||Suwa no Ukijiro, Takasaki-jo|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 5 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1970 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, bridges, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Kamisuwa Sta. (Chuo Line), 10 min walk|
|Location||Suwa, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 2' 23", 138° 6' 43"|
|Visits||Nov 17, 2007|
|Added to Jcastle||2007|