Yonezawa Castle Ruins (Matsugasaki Park)

Yonezawa Castle Ruins (Matsugasaki Park) よねざわじょうし(まつがさきこうえん)
Castle Ruins where families of Date, Gamo, Naoe, and Uesugi had resided
It is said that this castle was built in 1238 by Tokihiro Nagai and named Matsugasaki Castle.
Tokihiro was the second oldest son of Oeno Hiromoto who was in important post under Minamotono Yoritomo, and was appointed to the manor superintendent of Nagai manor due to his achievement in Oshu Invasion. Nagai Family’s reign lasted for 191 years.

 Munetoo, the 8th generation of Date Family, defeated Hirofusa, the 8th generation of Nagai Family, in 1380 and got possession of Nagai manor. Harumune, the 15th generation, moved to Yonezawa Castle in 1548.
Dokuganryu Masamune, the 17th generation, was born in this castle. Masamune moved his manor to Iwade-yama in 1591 because of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Date Family’s reign lasted for 212 years.

 Satoyasu, a relative of Ujisato Gamo, became the castellan from 1591 to 1598.

 The manor belonged to Uesugi Family from 1598 and Kanetsugu Naoe who was in important post under Kagekatsu Uesugi became the castellan at first, then Kagekatsu Uesugi himself took over from 1601.
Uesugi Family had been the castellan for 272 years (from the 2nd generation Kagekatsu to the 14th generation Mochinori) until Hanseki-hokan [Return of lands and people to the emperor]. The castle was called Maizusu-jo Castle.
 The castle was torn down in 1873 and came back to life again as a park opened to public in 1874.
As a part of city planning in 1952, it was renovated and designated as a city park in October, 1957. Its four sides surrounded by moat (20-36 meters in width and 800 meters in length), the park becomes a well-known spot for cherry trees (200 trees).

 Uesugi Jinja Shrine is located in the center, Matsugasaki Jinja Shrine around the eastern moat, and Uesugi Memorial (former residence of Earl Uesugi) and City Children’s Hall around the southern moat.

 Lots of historic sites are in the premise such as statue of Kenshin Uesugi, statue of Yozan Uesugi, Uesugi Jinja Shrine Keisho-den [treasure house], Kasuga Jinja Shrine, Fukutoku-Inari Jinja Shrine, requiescat monument, ruins of shrine for Kenshin Uesugi, monument of Zanko, and landmark column of birth place of Masamune Date.
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  • Name Yonezawa Castle Ruins (Matsugasaki Park)
  • Location 1 Marunouchi, Yonezawa-shi
  • Phone number 0238-21-6226
  • FAX number 0238-22-2042
  • Access From Yonezawa Station: 10 min by bus
  • Parking lot Available
  • Contact information (no company) Association of sightseeing in Yonezawa convention
  • URL http://yonezawa.info/
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