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Hamamatsu Castle

Hamamatsu Castle
(Totoumi Province/Shizuoka Prefecture)

The castle was originally called Hikuma-jo and built by the Iio clan, the retainers of the Imagawa clan. After Imagawa Yoshimoto's death, the Iio clan attempted to rebel against the Imagawa clan, but during the opening Ieyasu Tokugawa from Mikawa stormed the castle, and the Iio clan fell under Ieyasu's rule after that.
Ieyasu focused on the castle for Totomi's invasion and he built Hamamatsu-jo by expanding Hikuma-jo in the first year of Genki (1570) and based there until he moved to Sunpu in the 14th year of Tensho (1586). In the 3rd year of Genki (1572), the castle came under invasion by Takeda Shingen, and because of the long distance traveled to reach the castle from Mikatagahara, Ieyasu tasted a giant defeat, and forced to retreat into Hamamatsu-jo. The anecdote of how he had his portrait done afterwards is very famous.
After Ieyasu's Kanto reassignment, Hideyoshi's subordinate Yoshiharu Horio became the ruler, and after the Battle of Sekigahara became known as the Success Castle for the amount of famous daimyo it would pump out.
The walls of the castle were built with the Nozurazumi technique with dry stone, and the distinguishing feature of the castle was that the castle tower was built upon that. The castle tower was rebuilt in the 33rd year of Showa (1959) with concrete and steel wires.

(2008/3/2 、 2013/3/24 )

Hamamatsu Castle
Main enclosure
Hamamatsu Castle Main enclosure
Base of the main tower
Hamamatsu Castle Base of the main tower
Main tower
Hamamatsu Castle Main tower
Hachimandai and Uzumi gate
Hamamatsu Castle Hachimandai and Uzumi gate
Japanese garden
Hamamatsu Castle Japanese garden
Relocated gate (Main gate of Chousenji temple)
Hamamatsu Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Chousenji temple)

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Hamamatsu Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Hamamatsu Castle Base of the main tower

Base of the main tower



Hamamatsu Castle Main tower

Main tower



Hamamatsu Castle Hachimandai and Uzumi gate

Hachimandai and Uzumi gate



Hamamatsu Castle Japanese garden

Japanese garden



Hamamatsu Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Chousenji temple)

Relocated gate (Main gate of Chousenji temple)




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