It is said that Asuke castle was one of the seven residences(castles) of the Asuke family during the Kamakura period(AD 1192-1333). No evidences were found about that. It's commonly acknowledged that the castle was built by Suzuki Tadachika at the end of the 15th century. It was on mount Mayumi, 301 meters above sea level. In 1525, Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, grandfather of Tokugawa Ieyasu, attacked this castle and the Suzuki family became vassals of the Matsudaira. In 1554 the Suzuki switched their allegiance to the Imagawa. In 1564, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked this castle and the Suzuki changed sides again. In 1571, Takeda Shingen took the castle with an army of 25000. In 1575, Matsudaira Nobuyasu, eldest son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, retook the castle from the Takeda. In 1590, the castle was abandoned, when Ieyasu was moved to the Kanto area by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Asuke Castle is one of the rare faithfully reconstructed Sengoku Period mountaintop castles. The castle was really called Mayumiyama Castle but when it was built as a tourist spot it was named after the more well known Asuke Clan, whose main castle was really one mountain over at Iimoriyama. Iimoriyama is in the middle of Korankei, the famed autumn colors spot.
There are several ways to get at Asuke. From Nagoya, you may take a Ltd. Express at the Meitetsu Nagoya Station, on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, bound for Toyohashi. Get off at Higashi-Okazaki Station, after a 30min ride (660yen). At the North Exit, at bus stop 4, take the bus n°8 bound for Asuke. After a 70min ride(800yen) get off at bus stop Korankei Ichinotaniguchi. From there it's 1.5 km to the castle. Another way to go back to is to take a bus at bus stop Korankei (in front of Asuke Hachiman shrine). It's also bus n°8, but of the Toyota-city bus company. It is bound for Toyota Welfare Hospital. After a 50min ride(500yen) get off at Josui Station. This station is on the Meitetsu Toyota Line. Get a ticket for Nagoya. At Akaike Station the line becomes the Nagoya Subway Tsurumai Line and you are back in Nagoya.
Asuke is very well known for it's momiji (red maples) in November. The Korankei is a valley with thousands of maple trees. During this period there are frequently traffic jams, which lengthens the time considerably with the bus. The Sanshu Asuke Yashiki is also located in the Korankei Valley. There are several old buildings used by different artisans : paper makers, weavers, etc. The Korankei valley seems to be a spot that is popular in summer too. There were many people playing around and in the river on a hot day.
|English Name||Asuke Castle|
|Alternate Names||Mayumiyama castle; Asuke-Matsuyama castle|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||2 levels|
|Year Reconstructed||1990 to 1992|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, bridges, trenches, walls|
|Visitor Information||Closed on Thursday (the following day if Thursday is a public holiday). Open everyday from April 29 to May 5, November 1 to 30, and December 25 to January 5. Adults 300 yen, high school students 100 yen, junior high school age and under free.|
|Time Required||90 mins|
|Location||Toyota, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 4.09" N, 137° 19' 31.22" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|
|Admin Year Visited||2019|
|Admin Visits||August 4, 2019|
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