Located in Nagoya, central Japan, it is one of the most important and largest castles in the country. The founder of Japan’s shogunal government, Tokugawa Ieyasu, had the castle completed during the 16th century. Nagoya Castle became the center of Nagoya-juku — an important castle town in Japan during the Edo period. The castle also became the seat of one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family, the Owari branch.
During the WWII, most of the castle buildings were destroyed due to aerial raids. Fortunately, several items in the Hommaru Palace survived the fire and have been handed down as Important Cultural Assets. Numerous reconstructions and renovations of Nagoya Castle have been made ever since then.