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  • Shuri Castle
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 3-1
    Shuri Castle is a former residence of the kings of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was burnt and lost at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 but restored in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. It is located on top of a hill and is famous as a picturesque place as you can enjoy a panoramic view of Naha City. As it is illuminated in the evening, you can enjoy a magical Shuri Castle which is different from during the daytime.

    Unlike most places of interests in Okinawa which requires driving, its easy to go to the Shurijo Castle by monorail. The castle ground and park which are free to open to public viewing are sprawling...

  • The Castle Tower of Wakamatsu Castle(Tsurugajo Castle)
    793 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Outemachi 1-1 In Tsurugajo Park
    This is a Japanese castle in Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City. Locally it is called Tsurugajo Castle. The castle was the seat of famous feudal warlords but was damaged in the Boshin Civil War at the end of the Edo period and demolished in 1874. It was rebuilt in 1965, and in 2011 the roof tiles were reverted to the original red resembling the time of the end of Tokugawa Shogunate. It is the only castle in Japan where visitors can see the elegant red tiled keep. In addition, the castle tower also acts as a museum focusing on the Boshin War, exhibiting helmets, weapons, materials, etc. of successive castle owners. Around the castle tower is also a cherry blossom viewing area and many visitors come to visit in the spring.

    One of the things to do when in the Aizu region of Fukushima is go see the castle. It's possibly the biggest tourist attraction there and it's easy to see why. The thing is big. Not as big as Osaka...

  • Hiroshima Castle
    1732 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 21-1
    Hiroshima Castle, which was built by Mori Terumoto, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, is also known by another name, Carp Castle, and is counted as one of Japan’s three greatest flatland castles. The main keep which was constructed in 1598 was designated a National Treasure in 1931, but was destroyed by the atomic bombing. The exterior was restored in 1958 with a ferro-concrete structure. In 1989, as the castle welcomed 400 years of history, the ni-no-maru was restored, the moat was cleaned, and the interior was remodeled, and now it is used as a history museum with the theme of samurai culture.

    It is not the most spectacular castle in Japan but if you are in town go and have a look. It is not an original and therefore I did not go into the castle itself). This is my time in the grounds of...

  • Hamamatsu Castle
    481 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Naka-ku Motoshirochou 100-2
    The castle in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture where the stone walls, the castle gate and castle tower keep have been restored. There's a lot to learn inside the grounds with pictures and models on display as well as a viewing platform on the top level. Surrounding the castle is Hamamatsu Castle Park, a popular meeting spot not just for tourists but for the locals as well.

    The castle can be reached by bus from the railway station which takes about 15 minutes. Although the original castle was destroyed, this building was erected in 1958 and paid for by the townspeople...

  • Hirosaki Castle Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    Hirosaki castle was completed in 1611. In 1627 the castle was struck by lightning and burnt from the fifth level of the keep to the ground. The castle stood without a tower for the following 200 years, but in 1810, the ninth lord of the Tsugaru Clan Yasuchika rebuilt a three-layered keep in the southwest corner of the grounds. It is called “Gosankai Yagura” and is the castle you can see today. It is now used as historical center exhibiting historical materials of the feudal era.
  • Okazaki Castle
    295 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kouseichou 561-1
    Considered one of Japan’s 100 most famous castles, Okazaki Castle is famous as the birthplace of the mighty shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the Battle of Okehazama, Ieyasu re-took the castle from the Imagawa clan and achieved independence. Thereafter, Ieyasu moved his base of operations to Hamamatsu Castle in 1570. Until he defeated the Toyotomi clan at the Battle of Osaka in 1615, Tanaka Yoshimasa, a member of the Toyotomi clan, was the lord of the castle. After Ieyasu unified the country, high status hereditary daimyo lords, whose families had supported Ieyasu, inherited the lordship of the castle. Inside the castle, each floor contains displays of historical materials focusing on a different theme. From the observation room, visitors can get a sweeping view of Okazaki. The castle is also renowned for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.

    Despite its connection with one of the most famous historical figures - Tokugawa Ieyasu, this castle is quite small and probably not on anyone's 'must-see' list. I imagine the cherry blossoms would...

  • Izushi Castle Ruins
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Toyokashi Izushichouchimachi
    These castle ruins are in Uchimachi, Izushi-cho, Toyooka City. The castle was built by Koide Yoshihide in 1604 and was later transferred to the Sengoku clan. Today you can see features like the corner tower that was reconstructed in 1968 on the site of the inner citadel. It's also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, and they hold a cherry blossom festival in the spring.

    We climbed the site of the Izushi castle to discover a nice and peaceful shrine on its former location. Nice views to the Izushi city and streets.

  • Ako Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Kamikariya 1
    "Ako Castle Ruins are located around 20 minutes' walk from JR Banshu Ako Station, or around 10 minutes' drive from the Ako Interchange of Sanyo Expressway. The castle was constructed over a 13-year period, starting from 1648, under the supervision of Asano Naganao; it is famous because of its connection with the ""47 Ronin"" of the Ako domain. Ako Castle was a flatland castle built on the coast of a type that was very unusual in early modern Japan, with a peculiarly-shaped outer wall; the twists and turns in the stone walls, and the unusual angles at which the gates are positioned, show that this was a castle built very much with defense against attack in mind. A Tenshudai (platform for a Tenshu, or Main Tower) was built, but no Tenshu was built on it. Ako Castle Ruins have been designated as a National Historic Site and as a Site of Scenic Beauty; the site has also been developed as an urban park."
  • Ueno Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    This castle ruin park stretches in front of the Iga Line's Uenoshi Station. A characteristic of the symbolic Iga Ueno Castle is the high stone wall built by Todo Takatora, a military commander in the Warring States period. It is also called Hakuho Castle (white firebird castle) because of the beauty of the white, three-tiered castle. There are an array of facilities in the park overflowing with history such as the Iga-ryu Ninja Yashiki (Iga style ninja mansion) with surprise twists and secret doors, the Haiseiden (Matsuo Basho Memorial) that is modeled after Basho's traditional Japanese travel outfit, and the Basho Memorial Museum. Especially at the ninja mansion, they demonstrate Iga-style ninja techniques, and everyone from history fans to children can enjoy themselves. In addition, there are many different flowers that bloom throughout the year, and it is especially famous as a place to view cherry blossoms. It is visited by many cherry blossom viewers in April.
  • Sasayama Castle Ruins
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kitashinmachi 2-3
    The ruins of Sasayama Castle, flatland-mountain castle build on a small hill called Sasayama, located a 10-minute drive east from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. The castle's moat, stone base, and base of keep still stand. Sasayama castle never had a keep, instead centering on a hall called the Oshoin, which was rebuilt in March 2000. Inside the hall, visitors can view informational panels on historic events which occurred in Sasayama Domain during the Edo period as well as models and other exhibits which provide information on what the castle and town beneath it once looked like as well as the different lords who ruled the area. The hall's theater room screens informational videos.


  • Kiyosu Castle
    134 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Kiyosushi Asahi Shiroyashiki 1-1
    Kiyosu was somewhere everyone wanted to have. The reason was because it is located at the point where the Kamakura and Ise highways cross. Nobunaga Oda occupied the castle in 1555. It is famous as the place where the Kiyosu Conference to decide Nobunaga’s successor was held. In the exhibitions from the first to fourth floors of the castle tower, you can learn about the history of Kiyosu and the exploits of its rulers. The top floor offers an amazing view of cherry blossoms blooming along the Gojo River in the spring.

    I'm sure you'll like this castle. It's not only the place, all of people working here are kind and nice. I and my sis experienced to wear the samurai costume free of charge. Please ask staff if you...

  • Fukuyama Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Marunouchi 1-8
    This castle in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture is also known as Hisamatsu Castle and Iyo Castle. It was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles. Originally built in 1622 the five-story main keep was destroyed by fire in battle and then rebuilt. Inside the castle you will find exhibits of the personal items of the local lords and artifacts excavated from the medieval town of Kusado Sengen.
  • Hagi Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi 1-1
    "The castle ruins in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, now being maintained as ""Hagi Castle Ruins Shizuki Park"". Visitors can view historic sites such as the ""Ruins of the Castle Tower"", ""Nashibake Tea House"" and ""Bansei Bridge"" in the park. It has been selected as a national historic site and is also famous as a cherry blossom spot where visitors can view 500 Yoshino cherry trees, and the more unusual Midori Yoshino cherry blossoms, in spring."
  • Tottori Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2
    This was the site of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attack and now the castle tower and Nino Maru ruins are all that remains. The surroundings are maintained as Kyushou Park. It is one of the best one hundred spots for cherry blossom viewing and in the spring many people from around Japan visit.
  • Yonago Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Kumechou
    Kikkawa Hiroie built the four-tiered watchtower in 1591, and then in 1601 Nakamura Kazutada became the region’s governor and completed the castle by constructing the five storied keep. Currently only the stone walls remain. However, visitors can see a spectacular panorama view of Yonago City from the 90-meter high mountain top. It is a famous spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in spring.
  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Hirosechoumachichou 752 (Yasugi City History Museum)
    The historic castle of the Amago clan, considered impregnable due to its size, was said to be one of the strongholds of the Warring States Period. In 2006 is was selected as one of the top 100 Castles in Japan. It is also famous as the castle where warlord Yamanaka Shikanosuke came from. There are also statues of Amago Tsunehisa and Shikanosuke in the grounds and it is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
  • Kanayama Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Otashi Kanayamachou 40-106 others
    These castle ruins are located in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, at an altitude of 239 meters on Mt. Kanayama. It has been selected as one of the top 100 famous castles in Japan. The lord of this castle was Iwamatsu Nitta, Kise, Yura and Odawara Hojo. It was built in 1469 and abandoned in 1590. Although it is one of the mountain castles that made use of the natural topography, it had stone walls and much of the castle was stone paved. The history of this castle overturned the theory that mountain castles in the Kanto region did not have typical stone walls. At the foot of the mountain, there is a guidance facility for the historical Kanayama castle ruins and also a Kanayama area castle exchange center.
  • Minowa Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Misatomachihigashiakiya ・ Nishiakiya
    These famous castle ruins are located approximately 30 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Takasaki Interchange and Maebashi Interchange. Minowa castle was built in the Sengoku Period by Nagano Narimasa. It was known as an impregnable castle that prevented Takeda Shingen’s attacks numerous times but was abandoned in the time of Ii Naomasa. The ruins of the castle gate, wall and drainage system remain, and many are unchanged from when the castle was governed by Ii Naomasa. It was designated as a national Historic Site in 1987 and selected as one of Japan’s top 100 castles. There is a battle event every year in October, during the Minowa Castle Festival, where the warriors form two groups, Takeda side and Nagano side, which try to attack and defend the castle.
  • Kururi Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kimitsushi Kururichiba 1019
    This castle site in Uchiyama, Kururi, Kimitsu City formerly belonged to the Satomi and Kuroda clans. It's also known as the Rain Castle as after completion it rained every three days, hiding it in a shroud of fog. It was abandoned in the early Meiji era (1868?1912), but the castle tower was restored in 1978, and today hosts the Kururi Castle Museum. The area around it is now a park.
  • Sakura Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Sakurashi Jounaichou
    These castle ruins are located in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture. Built in 1610, the administrative headquarters of the Sakura Domain was placed here in the Edo period (1603?1868). Currently, already an abandoned castle, the site is maintained as Sakura Castle Ruins Park. Inside the park, besides being able to see the castle tower ruins and large tactical dry moat, you can also enjoy the many seasonal trees.

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