Japanese Castles: Toyama Castle
Toyama Castle 富山城
Toyama Castle in Toyama city was built by the local lord Mizukoshi Katsushige and dates from the mid-16th century.
Toyama Castle, also known as Azumi Castle, was attacked and destroyed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1585, was rebuilt and burnt down in 1609.
Toyama Castle suffered further fire and earthquake damage later in its history until it was dismantled in 1870 after the Meiji Restoration, when the feudal domains (han) were abolished and changed into present-day prefectures.
The pleasant donjon (keep) of Toyama Castle was rebuilt in 1959 after more damage was inflicted on the site during World War II.
Toyama Castle is now home to the Toyama Kyodo Hakubutsukan of local history and the grounds also contain the Sato Memorial Art Museum (Tel: 076 432 9031) dedicated to the Japanese tea ceremony and local crafts including ceramics.
Toyama Castle grounds and moat are a pleasant place to stroll and are known for their cherry blossom in spring.
Toyama castle, its moat and the surrounding Matsue River is now maintained as a public park with some pleasant areas of cherry trees within a Japanese garden.
1-62 Honmaru, Toyama-shi
Tel: 076 432 7911
Admission: 210 yen
Hours: Closed Monday
Access - getting to Toyama Castle
Toyama Castle is a 10 minute walk south of Toyama Station or take the free Museum Bus from the station.