Nagahama Castle

Travel Information

Nagahama Castle (長浜城) is located east side of Lake Biwa. It was built Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1573. This castle was the first land for Hideyoshi given by Nobunaga. He spend three to four years to built this castle. Castle used lots of stone walls, and there is a port so that ships could enter this castle directly. There is a reconstructed castle which built in 1983.

Tourist Info.
There is a parking and restroom.
Admission for Tenshukaku: 400 yen, 200 for kids. There is a group discount.
Opens: 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

0. at Maibara Station.
1. use JR Hokuriku Line to Nagahama (6 min.)
2. walk west (5 min.)

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Map around Nagahama Castle

Detailed Travel Guide

Nagahama Castle

Type: Waterside Castle.
Built in: 1573 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Class: reconstructed.

Before Hideyoshi built the castle, there is a small fort built by Sasaki Takauji in Muromachi era.

In 1574, after the battle of Anekawa, he moved the castle town of Odani to Nagahama. Nagahama was called Imahama, and he renamed it to Nagahama after his lord Nobunaga. He also used the materials of Odani castle to built a castle.

In 1583, Hideyoshi won the battle of Shizukadake against Shibata Katsuie and became the successor of Nobunaga. He gave this castle to Yamanouchi Kazutoyo, and he ruled this castle for 5 years.

The castle was abandoned in 1615, and most of the materials were used for Hikone Castle.