Kiyosu Castle [清洲城]
Kiyosu Castle in spring
Kiyosu Castle ("Kiyosujô" in Japanese) is located about 6 km northwest of Nagoya station, and is in Kiyosu city.
The castle was built in 1405.
Kiyosu is located in the center of the basin, and Oda Family entered this castle and became the lord of this region in the late 15th century.
Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) also became the lord of this castle.
He was strong, and expanded his territory by beating the lords around this area.
His base place was basically Kiyosu Castle, and the castle town had formed around the castle.
Nobunaga became the top warlord in Japan, but he was assassinated in 1582.
After that, Toyotomi Hideyoshi of his retainer took power.
But finally, Tokugawa Ieyasu took power and established Edo Government in 1603.
Ieyasu built Nagoya Castle, and moved the castle and the town in Kiyosu to Nagoya from 1610 to 1613.
Nagoya Castle in on a hill, and Ieyasu was fearful of the possibility that Kiyosu suffers from floods.
Nagoya Castle is located about 7 km southeast of Kiyosu.
To build Nagoya Castle, the materials of Kiyosu Castle were also used.
After that, Kiyosu Castle was abandoned.
The current Kiyosu Castle was rebuilt in 1989.
But there has been few detailed records of the original castle, so the building facade was created by guess.
There is the museum in the castle.
There are the exhibitions about history of Kiyosu and Nobunaga.
How to get here
By local train of JR Tokaido Line, 7 minutes from Nagoya to Kiyosu.
Then, about 1.5 km walk (20 to 25 minutes).