Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty Samurai's Blood

Kakegawa Castle

Images: © JNTO


Kakegawa Domain

松平 (久松)
1601 - 1616

Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) Clan

30,000 Koku

1616 - 1619

Andō Clan

28,000 Koku

松平 (久松)
1619 - 1625

Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) Clan

30,000 Koku

1625 - 1633

Asakura Clan

26,000 Koku

1633 - 1635

Aoyama Clan

26,000 Koku

松平 (桜井)
1635 - 1639

Matsudaira (Sakurai) Clan

40,000 Koku

1639 - 1644

Honda Clan

70,000 Koku

松平 (藤井)
1644 - 1648

Matsudaira (Fujii) Clan

30,000 Koku

1648 - 1669

Hōjō Clan

30,000 Koku

1659 - 1706

Ii Clan

35,000 Koku

松平 (桜井)
1706 - 1713

Matsudaira (Sakurai) Clan

40,000 Koku

1713 - 1746

Ogasawara Clan

60,000 Koku

1746 - 1868

Ōta Clan

50,000 Koku

Kakegawa Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Shizuoka Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Tōtōmi Province. It is associated with the Yamauchi clan. Dates in use: 1513 - 1871.

This castle has a long and colourful history. It saw battle when it fell to the army of Tokugawa Ieyasu & it fell two times more to the forces of nature. Though, what stands today is reconstructed, it has been rebuilt using traditional methods & materials.

Control of this castle changed on a regular basis in the early-to-mid Edo periods with ownership changing clans after just one or two generations. Toward the end of the Edo period four generations of the Ii clan and later, seven generations of the Ota clan ruled the area.

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1470 Fortifications were built by the Asahina clan.
1569 The castle fell to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
1590 Yamauchi Kazutoyo was appointed lord of the castle by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Kazutoyo initiated expansion of the castle.
1600 Following the Battle of Sekigahara, The Yamauchi clan were transferred to Kōchi Castle in Tosa Province.
1604 The main tower collapsed in an earthquake.
1621 The three-story main tower was built.
1854 The main tower was once again damaged by an earthquake.
1861 The palace in the Nino enclosure was rebuilt.
1869 Some sections of the castle were dismantled.
1871 The castle was decommissioned.
1994 The main tower was reconstructed.
1995 The main gate was reconstructed.

Historical recognition

PalaceImportant Cultural Property