## The Shizuoka castle where a young Tokugawa Ieyasu rose to ultimate power
Hamamatsu Castle was the home of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. The magnificent restored castle stands at the center of the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture.
You can reach the castle via a combination of bullet train, regular train, and bus or taxi.
Hamamatsu Castle is accessible by bus from JR Hamamatsu Station, which is a bullet train stop.
From JR Hamamatsu Station, take any bus from bus stops 1 or 13. Get off at Shiyakushomae and walk for about five minutes.
The castle played a key role in the unification of Japan
It was originally built around 1532
The castle is most famous for being the home of the young Tokugawa Ieyasu, who lived here for 17 years before uniting Japan after the Battle of Sekigahara and moving the capital to Edo (now Tokyo). Because of this history, the castle was also known as “the Castle of Advancement.” Like many castles in Japan, it was destroyed by an air raid during World War Two, but it was rebuilt in 1958.
Built on the original site, the castle looks out over the Pacific, the distant horizons perhaps echoing Ieyasu's own limitless ambitions. Displays of military equipment and objects from the castle and Hamamatsu's history are laid out as visitors ascend to the observatory on the top floor.