本多氏1601 - 1645
水野氏1645 - 1762
松平 (松井)1762 - 1769
Matsudaira (Matsui) Clan
本多氏1769 - 1871
岡崎城Okazaki Castle is classified as a hilltop castle (its layout: Teikakushiki), and is located in Aichi Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Mikawa Province. It is associated with the Honda, Mizuno clans. Dates in use: 1531 - 1873.
Yes, it is a concrete reconstruction but it is a site of some significance as it was the birthplace of one of Japan's most well-known historical figures, Matsudaira Takechiyo, better known to the world as Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Remaining today are sections of stonework & moat. As at early 2010, a turret had been rebuilt. And, as described to me by David LaSpina (who I thank for use of these photos) the turret sits in the middle of the car park.
|1455||Fortifications were first built nearby by the Saigō clan.|
|1531||Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, after gaining control of the area, built a small fort at the castle's present site approximately the size of the main enclosure.|
|1542||An infant, later to be known as Tokugawa Ieyasu, was born.|
|1549||The Matsudaira lord of the castle was killed. The castle then became the possession of the Imagawa clan, the young Ieyasu becoming hostage.|
|1560||The Battle of Okehazama. Following Imagawa Yoshimoto's death, Ieyasu gained possession of the castle.|
|1570||Ieyasu moved his headquarters to Hamamatsu Castle.|
|1590||The castle was once again improved with the incorporation of stone-clad walls. The castle town was also developed.|
|1617||A three-story main tower was built.|
|1873||The castle was decommissioned.|
|1874||The buildings were demolished.|
|1959||The several buildings of the main enclosure were rebuilt using concrete.|
|1993||The Omote Gate was rebuilt.|
|2007||Further excavations were completed.|
|2010||The Higashi-sumi Turret was rebuilt using traditional materials & methods.|