A statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu standing in Sumpu Castle Park

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
"Sumpu" is the old name of the city of Shizuoka which had been used from the Nara-period (8th century) to the early Meiji-period (19th century).
Tokugawa Ieyasu lived in Sumpu Castle between the ages of 6 and 18, and during the last 10 years of his 73-year from where he conducted politics as a Shogun. Thus, during these ten years, Sumpu should have been described as the Capital of Japan.

Tatsumi Yagura Turret

Higashi-Gomon East Gate

Yagura-Mon Turret Gate

Huge timbers were used to build the gate

Audio guidance is available at the East Gate Museum and Momiji-yama Garden

The big Tatami rooms for the gate guards used to be upstairs in the East Gate Museum.

A model of Sumpu town in the 17th century is displayed in the Museum

Hitsuji-Saru Yagura Turret at the opposite corner of Sumpu Castle Park

You can also visit inside the Hitsuji-Saru Yagura Turret.