Wakayama Castle is located at
the center of Wakayama city.
It is about 2 km west of JR Wakayama station.
This castle was built in 1585 on the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the
strong warlord who united Japan in the late 16th century.
After the foundation of Edo government, Yorinobu Tokugawa (1602-1671)
came as the lord of this castle.
He was one of sons of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of Edo government and the 1st Shogun, so Wakayama Castle became one of three important castles where Shogun family lived.
The castle tower and the other buildings were destroyed by fire by
lightning strike in 1846.
According the rules for samurai family, rebuilding destroyed castle had been prohibited.
But because this was a Shogun family's castle, the castle tower was rebuilt in 1850.
After the end of feudal period in 1868, the site of this castle was
opened to the public as a park in 1901.
In 1935, most of the buildings of this castle was designated as national treasures.
But all of them were destroyed in air raid in 1945 in the World War II.
Current castle tower and some other buildings were restored in 1958.
By JR limited express "Kuroshio", from Shin-Osaka to Wakayama, about 1
hour 5 minutes.
Then, by route bus, get off Koen-mae stop. About 6 minutes from Wakayama station.