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Sunpu Castle

Sunpu CastleSunpu Castle is located about 0.8 km northwest of JR Shizuoka station, and is at the central part of Shizuoka city.
Some constructions of the castle are in this site, but all of them are restored.
Formally this site is called "Sunpu Park".

Sunpu Castle was built in 1585 by Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616, one of the most famous warlords).
But he moved to Edo Castle (current Tokyo) in 1590.
After that, he won the battle dividing Japan in 1600 as the head of Easten Japan army group, then he successed to unify all countries in Japan.
And he was founded Edo Government in 1603, and became the Shogun.

He relinquished the shogunship to his son Hidetada Tokugawa in 1605, and moved back to Sunpu Castle in 1607.
But Ieyasu had continued to hold real power until he died.

Sunpu Castle was repaired on a large scale to welcome the former shogun.
But the renewed castle had been destroyed by fire in 1607.
Of course, the reconstruction was started quickly, and new castle was completed in 1610.

This castle was destroyed again in 1635 by spread of town fire.
After that, the castle tower was not rebuilt, but only some buildings were rebuilt.

In 1896, a regimental was placed on this site, so the historic buildings demolished and some of the moats were filled.
After World War II, the site was opened to the public as a park.
Then some historic buidings has been restored since 1989.

How to get to here

By Shinkansen

By Tokaido Shinkansen, from Tokyo to Shizuoka, about 1 hour 3-10 minutes by "Hikari", about 1 hour 30 minutes by "Kodama".
About 10 minutes walk from Shizuoka station.

By car

Run on Tomei Expressway, and exit at Shizuoka Exit. About 5 km from there.

Restored Tatsumi-Yagura in Sunpu Castle
Restored Higashi-gomon Yaguramon gate
Statue of Ieyasu Tokugawa
Model of the original castle
Photo by Railstation.net

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