Sakura was once the site of a castle built in the early years of the Edo period. Sakura Castle was the only castle in Chiba Prefecture to be chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most famous castles.
Many reminders of the old castle can be found in Sakura Castle Park, including the remains of the tenshukaku or central tower and the dry moats.
Doi Toshikatsu, who became the feudal lord of the Sakura Domain at the order of the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in 1610, built the Castle over a period of seven years, from January 1611 to 1617.
Sakura Castle was a strategically important location for protecting Edo Castle from the Eastern flank. Many of the leaders of the Sakura Domain held important posts in the Edo Shogunate, such as member of the council of elders.
Sakura Castle was not a stone-walled fortress, but it had strong defenses in the form of earthen embankments, and dry and wet moats.
Given the turbulent times of the Edo period, overall, the ruins of Sakura Castle have been preserved in remarkably good condition.
- Name of Attraction
- Sakura Castle Park
- Jonai-cho, Sakura, Chiba
- 043-484-0679 (Sakura Castle Park Center)
From Keisei Sakura Railway Station
- Approx. 20 min. walk
- Bus: From station’s south exit, take Chiba Green Bus bound for Tamachi Shako as far as Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan Iriguchi or Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan Mae. Approx. 5 min. walk from bus stop.
From JR Sakura Railway Station
- Approx. 25 min. walk
- Bus: From station’s north exit, take Chiba Green Bus bound for Tamachi Shako as far as Miyakojimachi. Approx. 10 min. walk from bus stop (towards Kurashi Botanical Gardens). Alternatively, get off bus at Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan Iriguchi or Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan Mae. Approx. 5 min. walk from bus stop.