"KAKEGAWA" Kakegawa by cheesecake17

Kakegawa Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 110 photos

Station#27 of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD

Kakegawa city is located in between the Oigawa and Tenryu rivers..
......The 3 castle in the region are important elements of the TOKAIDO which was a base for battle during the Warring state period.. Lots of history and culture surround Kakegawa which grew both as a castle town and a way station...

KAZUTOYO, CHIYO and KAKEGAWA will be subject to much attention this year (2006)....
KOMYO GO TSUJI has been made into a TV drama....This story is a thrilling success story about YAMAUCHI and his wife,Chiyo...who climb up from nothing during the Warring states period....Kakegawa were the heroes spend approx 10 years before being promoted to KOCHI, is the settnig for the drama....Its on every sunday on channel 9 at 8pm..this whole year....

In my quest to cover all 53 post of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is number 27


When entering Kakegawa, you can see Kakegawa-jo , a recently reconstructed castle.

Kakegawa castle is well known as a castle of
Yamanouchi Kazutoyo's success in life.

Kazutoyo had worked for
Toyotomi Hideyoshi for years but changed his master to Tokugawa Ieyasu after the Hideyoshi's death.

Just before the
Sekigahara war between Ishida (Toyotomi) and Tokugawa groups in 1600, Kazutoyo got a secret letter from his wife which described signs of trouble among Ishida (Toyotomi) group.

Kazutoyo presented the letter to Ieyasu and even gave his own castle to Ieyasu to show his loyalty to Ieyasu.

Although Kazutoyo did not work well in the Sekigahara war, he got a huge land in Tosa with 240 thousand koku stipend (1-koku equals 5.12 bushels).

Distance from Nihonbashi: 220.9 km


Travellers crossing a high trestle-bridge over the Kake River, two of them peering into the water below, and behind a small boy watching a kite up in the air, while beyond another, with broken string, flutters to earth.

Peasants transplanting rice in the flooded fields, and in the distance Mount Akiba rising above the mists.

A shrine standing on the top of a mountain near this station attracted worshippers from all over Japan who came to pray for protection against the calamity of fire.

An old couple of travellers are struggling against a strong wind as they toil to cross the arched bridge. A naughty boy is following them with a mocking gesture.

  • Last visit to Kakegawa: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    A very informative, interesting page, thanks for the information.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    What lovely country filled with so many lovely structures and castles. I always enjoy the history lessons and photographs. Keep up the great work Lu!

  • Pixiekatten's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2006 at 11:49 AM

    Just checking out your excellent tips while trying to figure out where in Japan to go next summer! :) Yours are always real helpful!

  • shikokuzen's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 1:32 AM

    Hey Ursula...long time no see.......as always the pics are magnificent....i have always loved japanese castles and they are what i think of when ssomeone says "castles" hope you are well and happy

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 12:21 PM

    You've done a magnificent job on this Kakegawa page. The photographs are spectacular, and you use the extras nicely.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 2:40 PM

    I have just learnt a lot about Japanese castles! I liked the bit about making them safe from earthquakes, but vulnerable to fire!


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