Nishio Castle




The history of Nishio Castle actually dates back to the 13th century with a castle called Saijo-jo built by Ashikaga Yoshiuji around 1221. After the Ashikaga, several different lords ruled over the castle gradually expanding it's territory. Under the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Sakai Shigetada fortified the castle in 1585 with moats, stone walls, yagura, gates and a tenshu, turning it into a modern castle. Lordship of the castle changed hands many times during the Edo Period and it was eventually dismantled during the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

There are some samurai homes and other historic sites in the city too, but it was getting too late to go anywhere else.

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Castle Profile
English Name Nishio Castle
Japanese Name 西尾城
Alternate Names Saijo-jo, Tsuru-jo, Tsuruga-jo
Year Founded 1221
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Nishio Sta. (Meitetsu Nishio Line); 15 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Nishio, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 51' 58.72" N, 137° 2' 52.94" E
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Added to Jcastle 2009
Admin Year Visited 2009
Admin Visits October 15, 2009

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11 months ago
Score 1++
Added pictures of restored Dorui, Byobu-Ore walls, Tenshudai and the reconstructed Ninomaru Ushitora-yagura.


37 months ago
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Added picture of Tenshudai to photo gallery


42 months ago
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There is also a large teahouse and exhibits at a museum in the castle park (which includes yoroi sets and models of the original tenshu). The “Tea Palace,” as I nicknamed it, actually called Kyū-Konoetei, is a must visit in Nishio because the city is famous for its production of green tea, the taste of which is much sweeter than the bitter matcha served in Uji style.


90 months ago
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After Okazaki, i went to this castle. The Ushitorayagura and museum were open and it's free. I could also take photos of everything in the museum which contains some nice armors and other artifacts. The reconstructed gate is very well done. I don't see any images or commentary of the reconstructed tenshukakudai. This has a very newish look and apparently they are still making work on the west side of it. I give it only 2.5 stars because there is no tenshu, but don't hesitate to visit. It will be nice to see some other parts reconstructed.

Alek 31Ashigaru

110 months ago
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The castle is basically a three-storied turret. The inside can be visited, but no exhibits are available and it`s difficult to see the view from the last level. My reasons for grating three stars: entry to the turret and museum is free, the museum guides are very enthusiastic and offer ample explanations regarding the castle history and the tea house located in the ninomaru area. The tea house has an amazing garden, aa beautiful view of the castle, you can take pictures inside, the staff is frendly and informative. And of course, you get a chance to enjoy a wonderful matcha set (one of the best I had in Japan; personally, I think it beat anything I had in Kyoto). If you`re in the area and you have time,give it a chance.


124 months ago
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The curse of Monday strikes again! This is another one of those minor castle sites in Japan that is closed on Mondays. There is a museum, a gate, and a turret, but both the museum and turret were closed. Some restored water moats and earthen embankments can be seen. There are also the remains of a well in the honmaru remains. Some remnants of original ishigaki can still be seen. Since I could not visit either the turret or museum, I can only give this castle site, a one-star rating on Mondays. If you are using a JR Seishun-18 ticket, you can get off at JR Anjo and either walk to the Meitetsu Kita-Anjo or Minami-Anjo Station. The latter has more trains because the express trains also stop there. A one-way Meitetsu ticket from either of the Anjo stations to Nishio Station cost 340yen. From Nishio Station, it is around a 15 minute walk to the site.