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During Ieyasu's mogul era, Sumpu was controlling Japan.

Sumpu-jo Park

During the early 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu was conducting politics in Sumpu as a mogul, Sumpu was the center of Japan. Japan's first national currency was created with gold that was mined from the Abe River basin. Ieyasu carried out flood prevention works for Abe River and established a modern Sumpu castle town. Sumpu had a population as high as Edo, where the shogunate was located, and was the largest city in Tokaido.

The Sumpu Castle Park, formed by large moats, the Tastumi Yagura turret, Higashi-Gomon gate, Hitsujisaru Yagura turret, and the Momijiyama Garden, leaves vestiges of the Sumpu Castle that was cherished by Ieyasu.

Photo Tour

Sumpu Castle Park is surrounded by double moats. This is the Hitsujisaru Yagura turret of the rear demon’s gate in the southeast.
The popular character from "Tokaidochu Hizakurige", a novel that was popular in the Edo era, will welcome you.
Tatsumi Yagura. Higashimon gate is located at the bridge in the back of picture.
The Higashimon gate that was once the gateway for senior statesmen. This is built in the traditional method, using wood for all components.
After crossing the bridge, the Yaguramon gate can be seen on the right. Large wooden materials are used on this.
Inside the Higashimon gate, Tatsumi Yagura turrest, and Hitsujisaru Yagura turret, there are exhibition rooms where the history of Sumpu Castle and excavated items can be viewed.
This is the model of the Sumpu Castle tower inside the Tastumi Yagura gate.  This can boast the largest keep in castle history.
Momoijiyama Garden located inside Sumpu Castle Park. There is multilingual voice guidance here and at the Tatsumi Yagura turret.
A statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu, during his mogul era, stands in the remains of the main enclosure. Ieyasu lived in Sumpu for a third of his 75 year life. There are also statues of Ieyasu in his childhood and middle age, which he spent in Sumpu, in front of the JR Shizuoka Station.
The "Sumpu Roman Bus", convenient for getting around the center of Shizuoka City, at just 100 yen per ride.
Sumpu Castle Park seen from the observation deck of the Shizuoka Prefectural Office.
The "Shizuoka Festival" is held in early April every year at Sumpu Castle Park. The gorgeous "Ogosho Hanami Gyoretsu" (cherry blossoms viewing line) is a must see.

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