保科氏1600 - 1631
鳥居氏1631 - 1691
内藤氏1691 - 1871
高遠城Takatō Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Nagano Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Shinano Province. It is associated with the Takeda, Naitō clans. Dates in use: 1547 - 1872.
A mis-matched pair of gates & what would have to be the cutest turret in the history of Japanese castles in conjunction with the remaining moats & enclosures provide a very popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. Several original gates have survived but have been relocated off-site. The Ote gate has made its way back to the castle though, albeit in an altered form.
|13??||The castle was built by the Kisō clan in around 1340.|
|1545||Takeda Shingen's soldiers successfully attacked the castle. Takato Yoritsugu became lord of the castle.|
|1547||Takeda Shingen ordered the castle be repaired & expanded.|
|1562||Takeda Katsuyori became lord of the castle.|
|1570||Katsuyori was transferred to Tsutsujigasaki Yakata. Takeda Nobukado became lord of the castle.|
|1582||The castle fell to the Oda clan.|
|1691||The Naitō clan were transferred here. Eight subsequent generations ruled the castle until it was eventually abandoned.|
|1872||The castle was abandoned. All building were removed or dismantled.|
|1902||The Taiko Turret was reconstructed.|
|Site||National Historic Site|