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Must see Castles

In the last days of the Edo period, at the beginning of the 19th century, the number of castles with a full-scale donjon what is called ‘tenshukaku’ was about 70 across Japan. Unfortunately, many of them were intentionally destroyed when Japan’s modernization was ongoing, and were reduced to ashes during the second World War. Only 12 original tenshukakus have survived this tragic drama. Matsue Castle in the picture,...

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Japan’s castles, surrounded with double or triple moats in most cases, are rather big. Therefore many bridges spanning the moats lead into the castle gates with a variety of designs and structures. The largest and most important gate among them is ‘otemon’ main gate. As this gate had the widest openings, the prospective enemies were supposed to attack here, the weak point of the castle from the perspective of...

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Many people want to see castles when they come to Japan. However, as most people end up visiting Tokyo, there aren’t many castles near by. For those look for an easy day trip from Tokyo in order to see castles, I highly recommend a visit to Chiba Castle. This site can actually be visited as only a half-day trip and it’s easily reached by train. Chiba Castle, or Inohana Castle, is located inside Inohana Park in Chiba City....

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Located in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture is Koriyama Castle (郡山城). The origins of this castle date back to 1162! in 1580 Tsutsui Junkei and Oda Nobunaga built what became Koriyama Castle by strengthening a smaller fort. Toyotomi Hidenaga later became the lord of Koriyama Castle and added several new structures to the castle. At the time, there weren’t enough stones to build the castle wall, so Hidenaga used stones from...

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Toyama Castle (富山城), also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland castle located in Toyama city. While most people might not travel out of their way to visit this castle, it is located just a few minutes walk from Toyama Station. Jinbo Nagamoto originally constructed Toyama Castle in 1543 as the residence of Maeda clan, who were the lords of the Toyama feudal domain. A few decades later in 1585, it was attacked and destroyed by Hideyoshi...

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Kansai’s Wakayama Castle

Kansai’s Wakayama Castle


Posted By on Sep 22, 2014

In the beautiful city of Wakayama in the Kansai region of Japan, there stands a castle that serves as the symbol of the town. Built upon Mount Torafusu, meaning “tiger leaning on its side”, Wakayama Castle has a fierce foundation that matches the prestige of the castle. The iconic daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi captured the area on which Wakayama castle stands in 1585. However, it was Hideyoshi’s brother Toyotomi Hidenaga who...

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