Yazako Higashi Castle

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Yazako-higashijō was built in the late 14th century by Imai Shirōbē. The Imai Clan were originally vassals of the Takeda Clan of Kai, but came under the suzerainty of Tokugawa Ieyasu following the battle of Nagashino in 1575. During the battle of Nagakute in 1584, the castellan was Imai Shirōsaburō; on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu, he was killed protecting Iwasakijō against the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Yazakojō was destroyed by Ikeda Tsuneoki during the conflict. Yazako-higashijō is twinned with Yazako-nishijō to the west, but it is the more notable of the two sites (though both sites are very minor), and was likely the main fortification in the Yazakojō group.

Visit Notes

Yazako-higashijō, also called simply Yazakojō, is a former fort site. The site is now that of Nagakute City Hall, and no ruins remain. A rock with the castle's inscription can be found as a marker at the corner of the city hall's carpark.

  • Marker for castle site at townhall

Castle Profile
English Name Yazako Higashi Castle
Japanese Name 岩作東城
Alternate Names Yazakojō (岩作城 )
Founder Imai Shirōbē
Year Founded 14th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nagakute-Kosenjō Station on the Linimo; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 5 minutes
Location Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 11' 1.36" N, 137° 2' 57.41" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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