Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty Japanese Castles 1540-1640

Takasaki Castle

Images: Fujinamiism


Takasaki Domain

1604 - 1616

Sakai Clan

50,000 Koku

松平 (戸田)
1616 - 1617

Matsudaira (Toda) Clan

20,000 Koku

松平 (藤井)
1617 - 1619

Matsudaira (Fujii) Clan

50,000 Koku

1619 - 1695

Andō Clan

56,000 Koku

松平 (大河内)
1695 - 1710

Matsudaira (Ōkōchi) Clan

52,000 Koku

1710 - 1717

Manabe Clan

50,000 Koku

松平 (大河内)
1717 - 1868

Matsudaira (Ōkōchi) Clan

72,000 Koku

Takasaki Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Gunma Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Kōzuke Province. It is associated with the Ii, Ōkōchi clans. Dates in use: 1597 - 1871.

Takasaki castle was built over the top of an older castle by the name of Wada castle. That castle was built in the 1400's but was abandoned with the defeat of the Hōjō clan in 1590. Takasaki was built up from 1598 by a vassal of the Tokugawa clan & led a pretty uneventful life. A three-story turret served as its central tower & was still standing in the late 1800's.

Nowadays, very little remains as most of the castle grounds have been reclaimed. The only exception being a small section of the San-no-maru & moat. It is there that the Inui turret & the Higashi gate have been relocated.

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1598 The castle was established by Ii Naomasa.
1604 The Sakai clan were transferred here
1619 The Andō clan were transferred here. Over the next 75 or so years, three generations of the Andō clan maintained & improved the castle defences.
1695 The Ōkōchi clan were transferred here. With the exception of a short period of time, they remained here for until the domain was abolished.
1873 The castle was decommissioned.
1974 The Inui turret was donated back to the city & was rebuilt within the San-no-maru.
1980 The East gate was also donated back to the city & was rebuilt next to the Inui turret.

Historical recognition

Inui TurretPrefectural Historic Asset