清洲城 Kiyosu Castle(Aichi Prefecture Owari area)
1-1 Shiro-yashiki, Asahi, Kiyosu city
|Kiyosu Castle was a residence castle for Oda Nobunaga. The caslte was admired as “the greatest castle in the whole nation” in the 16th century, during the Age of Civil Wars. In 1989, various parts of the castle including the golden grampus on the castle tower, Nobunaba wall, a refined Japanese garden, and stone fences were restored in the traditional jokaku style.|
By the Meiji period, there was very little remaining of the ruins of Kiyosu Castle aside from earthenworks in the former main bailey. The tracks for the Tōkaidō Main Line railway were laid directly across the site. During the Shōwa period, a municipal park was created around the site of the castle, and a bronze statue of Oda Nobunaga was erected in 1936, portraying a young Nobunaga on the eve of the decisive Battle of Okehazama. In 1989, to mark the centennial of the foundation of the modern town of Kiyosu, a reinforced concrete replica donjon was built. The reconstruction is not accurate, as no plans or illustrations of the original Kiyosu Castle have survived, and the reconstruction is based on the donjon of Inuyama Castle as being representative of the period. Inside the structure is a local history museum, with displays of arms and armor.
Next to the castle is the Kiyosu Armor Factory, which is run by local volunteers. It teaches visitors by armor artisans, and manufactures medieval protective gear.
Access (nearest railway station)
15 minutes on foot either from Shin-kiyosu station on Meitetsu Nagoya honsen line or Kiyosu station on JR Tokaido honsen line.
9:00～16:30(Necessary time: 10 min)
From Dec 29th to 31st.
Parking for 37 passenger cars (free of charge) and 9 large-sized buses (free of charge).
Kiyosu Castle Management Office 052-409-7330