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挙母城址 Koromo-jo-shi Koromo Castle Ruins

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The Koromo castle ruins site is a historic site located in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The area in which Toyota City is located today had been named Koromo for a long time until 1959, when it was renamed Toyota in accordance with the city’s thriving automobile industry.

Koromo Castle was a relatively new castle constructed in the middle of the Edo period. In 1749, Naito Masamitsu was transferred to this place from Annaka in present Gunma Prefecture. Allowed to found a new domain and granted the castle construction fund, he constructed Koromo Castle in Mt. Dojiyama in 1782. It was a small-scaled castle with two yagura (watchtowers) and several yagura-mon gates (watchtower gate). As the castle was built on the hill commanding the seven sandbanks in the Yahagi River in order to exercise caution against the flood, it was called “Seven-Sandbank Castle.”

The Naito clan had never transferred to another domain until the end of the Edo period. The castle was dismantled according to the new government policy in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Today, the ruins site has been arranged into a park, where Toyota City Art Museum and other cultural facilities are located. The corner-watchtower was restored to its original form in the Showa period (1612-1989). Visitors can infer the stability enjoyed by the Koromo domain in the Edo period from the quiet atmosphere of the park.

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7 Kosakahonmachi, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture 471-0034
Koromo Castle Ruins

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