There are only 12 original castles still standing tall in all of Japan, and the famous Kochi Castle is one of them. First constructed between 1601 and 1611, and then mainly reconstructed in 1748 following a devastating fire, the castle was once home to the Yamauchi lords, the rulers of the surrounding region, which was at the time known as Tosa. What’s particularly unique about this castle is that its primary tower (known as a donjon) was used both as a residence and for military purposes. While it's not an imposing height, you climb to the upper levels of the castle for impressive views of downtown Kochi.
Kochi Castle 高知城
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