The white castle of Aizuwakamatsu has a ...

Aizu Ashinomaki Onsen Tourism Association

Aizu Ashinomaki Onsen Tourism Association

Tsurugajo Castle

The white castle of Aizuwakamatsu has a history of over 600 years; it is also known as Tsurugajo Castle.

It is located south of central Aizuwakamatsu City. Its history spans back to the Ashina Clan, who built it during the Warring States.

Over time, the ruling clans have included the Uesugi, Gamo, Kato, Hoshina, and the Matsudairas.  Changes to the castle were made up until the area’s upheaval in the civil war that occurred at the end of the Edo period.

The Matsudaira clan in Aizu sided with the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Boshin Civil War.  Stories of tragedy were left in the wake of the battle that occurred here at the castle and in the surrounding castle town.

The castle tower was burnt to the ground in the Meiji period, but was rebuilt in 1965. The inside of the castle is now a museum, open to the public.