|English Name||Yoshida Castle|
|Alternate Names||Imahashi-jo, Toyohashi-jo|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 level|
|Features||main keep, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Toyohashi Sta. (Tokaido Line), 20 min walk or 5 min streetcar|
|Location||Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 46' 13", 137° 23' 36"|
|Visits||October 16, 2009|
HistoryThe castle was originally built in 1505 by Makino Kohaku and was called Imahashi Castle. It was involved in several conflicts in the region during the Sengoku Period and lordship of the castle changed hands several times. In 1565, the region came under the control of Tokugawa Ieyasu who named Sakai Tadatsugu lord of the castle.
In 1590, when Tokugawa moved to the Kanto region, Hideyoshi gave control of the castle to Ikeda Terumasa. Ikeda repaired and improved much of the castle and developed the surrounding castle town. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Ikeda Terumasa moved to Himeji Castle and Yoshida Castle came under the control of Matsudaira Iekiyo. During the Edo Period, lordship of the castle changed hands many times until the coming of the Meiji Period.
I only stopped by Yoshida Castle because I had some extra time in the area, but I am very glad that I did. There is a fair number of stone walls and some large moats that give you a fairly good picture of the castle.