Zaike Castle (Mikawa)




Zaikejō was the fortified residence of Ishikawa Shigemasa. Yōrakuji, a temple in the north of the village with the honourific mountain name 'Ishikawa', contains cenotaphs for the Ishikawa Clan.

There is a story that in 1564 during the Mikawa-Ikkō-Ikki uprising, Tokugawa Ieyasu temporarily hid himself at Zaikejō, taking shelter in the fort's gatehouse. Probably the 'yashikimon (屋敷門)' referred to at Zaikejō here was a nagayamon (長屋門, rowhouse-gatehouse), a type of gate with rooms, usually for guardsmen.

Visit Notes

Zaikejō was a fortified residence site in the village of Zaike, Okazaki Municipality. No ruins remain, and the site is now housing.


Castle Profile
English Name Zaike Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河在家城
Founder Ishikawa Shigemasa
Year Founded Before 1564
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Okazaki Station (JR) on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 45 minute walk to Yōrakuji
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 1 minute
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 54' 38.59" N, 137° 7' 52.75" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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