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Shimabara Castle in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan.

Shimabara Castle

A picture-perfect castle with a not so picture-perfect history.

Nagoya Castle

If you’re into your samurai history (or you’ve just watched History of Japan on YouTube too many times) then you’ll be excited to know that one of the quintessential big shots of the time, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is responsible for commissioning the original castle...

Shuri Castle

Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2000, the red Shuri Castle is a reminder of the flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, when overseas trade networks linking China, Taiwan, and the Korean Peninsula helped create a unique melting pot that gives Okinawa its distinctly colorful vibe...

Hiroshima Castle

While many Japanese castles share similar architectural designs, Hiroshima Castle has every imaginable feature associated with a medieval fortress: a large moat, massive stone walls, as well as bridges and baileys to boot...

Odawara

Tourists looking for castles or towns rich in Japanese traditional culture often opt for Nagoya or Osaka, but why travel so far when this beauty is on Tokyo’s doorstep...

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Dating back to the 17th century, Fukuoka Castle was built by Kuroda Nagamasa, the lord overseeing the affairs of the Chikuzen feudal domain...

Kochi Castle

Smack in the middle of Kochi’s city centre, surrounded by the neon signs of fast food restaurants and glamorous sky scrapers, Kochi Castle stands proud as an important part of Japanese national history...

Gujo Hachiman

Low-rise wood-and-plaster buildings echo this former castle town’s feudal past...

Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden

About the castle Back to Sengoku Period (1467-1590), many castles were built by the order of daimyo (feudal lord)...

Iwakuni Castle

One of these sightseeing spots worth traveling for is Iwakuni Castle, located far from Tokyo in Yamaguchi Prefecture...

Inuyama

But this small city of just 74,000 people has a lot to offer even to visitors traveling from afar, including: Inuyama Castle Jokomachi District Cormorant Fishing on Kiso River Jo-an Tea Ceremony House Jokomachi The street of Jokomachi comprises of preserved old buildings and charming shops selling local goods on either side...

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