About Suruga Castle Park
Suruga Castle Park is located in Shizuoka City and is a park based on the former site of Suruga Castle. Suruga Castle was the castle where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Edo Shogunate, spent his later years, and is one of the top 100 castles in Japan. It was the residence of the Imagawa family, the guardian of Suruga, during the Muromachi and Warring States Periods, and disappeared when the Imagawa family was destroyed by the Kofe Takeda clan.
Later, Ieyasu Tokugawa began to rule Suruga, and in 1585, he started to build a castle and constructed Tenshu. At the beginning of the Edo period, several large-scale expansions were carried out. After the first expansion, the castle was destroyed by fire in 1607. So it was rebuilt again and completed in 1608. After the death of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the castle became the residence of the lord of Suruga Castle and Suru Clan. When Ieyasu was transferred to Kanto by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the lord of the castle was the Nakamura Ichi clan.
How to get there
Sunpujokoen Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture 420-0855
From JR Shizuoka Station (North Exit, platform 10), take the Sunpu Roman Bus (15 minutes) and get off at Higashi Gomon Bus Stop.
From Shizuoka Railway Shin-Shizuoka Station (platform 3), take the Sunpu Roman Bus (11 minutes) and get off at Higashi Gomon Bus Stop.
Hours of operation: Departs from Shizuoka Station daily from 10:00 to 16:00.
Number of services: 7 on weekdays (every 60 minutes), 13 on weekends and holidays (every 30 minutes)
Fare/ Adults (junior high school students and older): 200 yen (190 yen with IC card) Children: 100 yen (per ride)
Higashi-Gomen・Sundai- 200 yen
Kun turret – 100 yen
Momijiyama Garden – 150 yen
East gate and Tatsumi Yagura + Kun Yagura + Momijiyama Garden – ¥360
Surugajo Castle became a park in 889 and was gradually demolished; in 1893, it became a garrison for the 34th Infantry Division and the Honmaru was buried; in 1949, Suruga Castle was rebuilt and now part of the castle has been restored; on April 2, 2014, Ninomaru Kunagura was reconstructed and turned into a museum for public use.
The Higashigomun and Sundagura were restored using traditional Japanese wooden construction methods, and they reproduce part of the historical scenery of Suru Castle. The museum exhibits mapping and restoration materials of Suruga Castle, as well as excavated artifacts related to Suruga Castle.
East Mikado is the main exit from the southeast corner of the park.
The park is also famous as a flower viewing spot, and many visitors come to enjoy the cherry blossoms during the cherry blossom season, and in early April, people dressed as daimyo of the Edo period and the Shizuoka Festival are held.
There are 4 gardens in the park, and there is a tea room in the Red Leaf Hill garden, and the autumn leaves are very beautiful.
When searching for nearby attractions, I found that the nearest one is “Asama Shrine”, but the cctv educated us that shrines are not to be visited casually, so I chose Suruga Castle Park, 1.6km away, which is said to be full of tourists and beautiful, but in reality, it is just like that, the cherry blossoms have almost fallen and there are only a few old and strong ones left on the branches to serve as a facade. It is the only two trees in the whole park that are qualified to be photographed, not very recommended. Except for the good air. But when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you can go there!