Kiyosu Castle

Kiyosu is the name of the city that touches Nagoya. We can walk there within 20 minutes. However, the castle is pretty far (an hour’s walk). The first time, we went to the castle together by train. We found a hilarious train line that is only about 9 km long, and runs once an hour. It is a diesel train. It is the most ghetto urban train line I have ever seen in Japan. However, it is useful if you want to get to Kiyosu Castle, so there you go.

Kiyosu Castle was originally constructed in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, but it was demolished in 1609. The current building dates to 1989. It’s claim to fame is that Oda Nobunaga lived there. As far as castles go, it’s not fabulous, so I would not go out of my way to see it. However, if you’re in Nagoya for an extended period of time and want to see local attractions, you could check it out. Photography is allowed outside, but not inside.

look left look right

At the intersections in Kiyosu, there are cute little panels on the ground near crosswalks reminding you to look left, and look right.

Kiyosu Castle

The exterior of the castle.

Another angle

Here is the castle from another angle.


The first time we went (June 15th), the lotuses were not quite ready to bloom.

dry garden

There was a pretty dry garden outside of the castle.

castle roof

Many Japanese castles have these carp adornments on the rooftops.

Kiyosu castle

A shot of the front of the castle from the bridge.

After seeing the castle, we walked around Kiyosu a little.


This tiger statue was at a temple near the castle.

MOnkey 1

There was a monkey shrine near the castle, too. Instead of komainu (lion dogs), there were monkey guardians.

monkey 2

The other monkey guardian.


There was a monkey mural on the exterior wall of the main hall.

Inari shrine

Like many shrines, this one had an Inari shrine as well.

After the monkey shrine, we headed home.

This past weekend, I returned to Kiyosu Castle with my boss and two girls from work to attend a special tea ceremony that one of the other teachers was participating in.

tea ceremony

This is the preschool Japanese teacher performing tea ceremony.

sweet and tea

This was the first tea and the Japanese sweet.

english tea

After the Japanese tea ceremony, there was an English tea, too.

After we finished with the tea, we came out, and our boss insisted that we try on samurai armor. The guys who dressed us made us make all these crazy poses, too. It was pretty funny.

me as a samurai

Here is me as a samurai.

Samurai team

Me and two of the preschool teachers as samurai.

samurai attack

The red team attacks the yellow team.


Us with our “swords”.


I was super excited because I got to see the bloomed lotuses!!

That is all for now! Next week, we will be going to Hokkaido, so stay tuned!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Lange
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:00:25

    Very cool Jen. The monkey mural looked pretty scary, also the monkey statues. Thanks for sharing!


  2. monkeyandmillie
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 19:27:36

    Monkey was very excited to see the statue in his honour!! Not so happy about the pic of his relatives over there but they are a bit older now and apparently had eaten lemons just before the pic was painted. Monkey here is much more stylish and handsome (his words not mine) Thank you for taking a picture of his monkey highness!!!!


  3. Christa Thompson @ChristaTravels
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 18:50:49

    I totally love this. I really want to expand my blog and see more of the far east. For now I am working in Ireland, England, Scotland, and the rest of Northern Europe. This is stunning. Thank you for sharing!


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