Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered his retainer Oosuga Yasutaka to build a castle on this site in 1578 to oppose the Takeda forces whose territory extended to the nearby Takatenjin Castle. Tokugawa defeated Takatenjin Castle in 1581 and burned it down. From that time on Yokosuka Castle ruled over the area. After Tokugawa moved to Edo (Tokyo) the castle changed hands several times until the Nishio moved here in 1682 from Komoro Castle. The Nishio family continued to rule from Yokosuka Castle until the Meiji Restoration. The castle was dismantled in 1873.
This can be easily done as a 2+ hr side trip form Kakegawa. The high honmaru bailey and the rebuilt stone walls are somewhat interesting, but the site as a whole was a bit disappointing compared to what I had expected. Everything you can see is detailed in the pictures here. A couple of the original gates from this castle have been moved to nearby temples but I was not able to visit them.
|English Name||Yokosuka Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||palace, stone walls|
|Access||Fukuroi Sta. (Tokaido Line); 30 min bus; 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; park|
|Time Required||50 minutes|
|Location||Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 41' 7.80" N, 137° 58' 16.25" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2009|
|Admin Year Visited||2009|
|Admin Visits||October 15, 2009|