Nagahama Castle Historical Museum



Legacy of Hideyoshi: An Insight into Medieval Japan’s History

The historical museum, situated within the recreated Nagahama Castle, holds significance as a tribute to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the pivotal figures in Medieval Japan’s history. In 1573, Hideyoshi was granted this territory following his efforts in battling the Azai Clan, the area’s previous rulers. Establishing Nagahama Castle as his stronghold, he utilized it as a base to further solidify his power in unifying the nation. This castle not only served as Hideyoshi’s initial fortification but also served as an early example of sophisticated castle town development.

While the original castle structures became obsolete during the early Edo period, remnants were relocated to Hikone Castle and Daitsu-ji Temple. In 1983, the original site underwent revitalization, reconstructing the Azuchi-Momoyama period castle. Today, this reconstructed castle stands as a historical museum, offering visitors a journey back in time. From the observation deck on the fifth floor, visitors can relish panoramic views of Lake Biwa and oversee Hideyoshi’s town. Additionally, the park surrounding the castle becomes a sought-after cherry blossom viewing site from late March to early April. Annually, many visitors flock here to revel in the stunning fusion of Lake Biwa’s landscape and the cherry blossoms’ beauty.




9:00am – 5:00pm


9:00am – 5:00pm


9:00am – 5:00pm


Closed Tuesdays

6-50 Sanwachō, Nagahama, Shiga 526-0055, Japan