Mito Castle Ruins

Central Ibaraki

Castles/Historical Sites

Mito Castle was Japan's largest earthen flatland castle, constructed between the late 12th to early 13th centuries.
It became the Mito Tokugawa family's castle after several changes in lords when Yorifusa Tokugawa was enfeoffed to Mito in 1609.
Mito Castle lost its role as a castle following the collapse of the Edo shogunate in 1868. Many of its buildings were lost due to demolition, war damages, and other causes.
Currently, the castle's earthen walls, moat, clan school Kodokan, and Yakui Gate are all that remain. Ote Gate and Ninomaru Sumiyagura Tower were also reconstructed based on historical documents.


2-9-22 Sannomaru, Mito City
By public transport:
10 minutes on foot from Mito Station
By car:
About 15 minutes from Mito-Minami IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
About 15 minutes from Mito-Kita Smart IC (ETC vehicles only) on the Joban Expressway
Business Hours
24 hours
Use nearby parking lots


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