Kakegawa Castle

Kakegawa Castle(Shizuoka Prefecture) Kakegawa Castle was a regular sight for travelers on the old Tokaido, the major route linking the samurai era center of government in Edo (Tokyo) and the capital of Kyoto. Travelers would pass through 53 checkpoints and post towns along the highway, stopping only at government approved inns along the [...]

By | 2018-05-20T10:38:45+09:00 12月 6th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Iwasaki Castle

Iwasaki Castle(Aichi Prefecture) Iwasaki Castle, mostly forgotten by the history books and the tourist information guides, sits in modern day Nisshin City, some 15 kilometers south east of Nagoya City. Sited on a hill providing a clear view of the surrounding plain. Iwasaki Castle The [...]

By | 2017-12-07T09:21:47+09:00 12月 1st, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Yamato Koriyama Castle

Yamato Koriyama Castle The impressive ruins of Koriyama Castle sit atop a small hill and surrounded by two rivers. The positioning of the castle and its strong layout served it well through the final years of the Sengoku period, and through the peaceful days of the Edo period. Yamato [...]

By | 2018-07-16T19:19:23+09:00 12月 1st, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Yoshida Castle

Yoshida Castle, Pretty as a Picture Yoshida Castle is world famous. The intricately carved woodblock prints by the Edo Period artist, Hiroshige depicting the 53 stages of the Tokaido, (the old roadway between the capital of Kyoto and Edo, modern day Tokyo) are famous the world over. The 34th of the series shows [...]

By | 2018-05-14T18:10:43+09:00 12月 1st, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle, National Treasure listed castle. (Shimane Prefecture) It was once a rule that girls were not allowed to dance in the streets of Matsue City. If they did, the base of the city’s symbol, Matsue Castle, would begin to shake, endangering the towering building. The story goes that Matsue Castle’s Ishigaki stone [...]

By | 2018-01-04T17:23:46+09:00 11月 30th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Azuchi Castle

Azuchi Castle, Azuchi’s design was based on that of Komakiyama Nobunaga’s first castle constructed. For defensive purposes, most castles feature a confusing or winding main path leading up to the important central Honmaru enclosure. This is to slow, hinder and impede any attackers efforts at storming the [...]

By | 2018-05-13T13:30:42+09:00 11月 14th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Okazaki Castle

Okazaki Castle, Birthplace of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu The Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu was born in Okazaki Castle in 1542, at a time of great civil unrest. The Tokugawa, or Matsudaira as they were named then, controlled the rice rich Mikawa plains of modern day eastern Aichi Prefecture, a region much desired by the [...]

By | 2018-05-20T10:41:42+09:00 11月 12th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Hikone Castle, Shiga’s National Treasure

Hikone Castle, The Castle Spared By The Japanese Emperor Hikone Castle is classified as a hirayama-jiro, a castle built on a low hill and using the surrounding flatlands as part of its design. It is one of only 12 castles across Japan with its original tower keep, [...]

By | 2018-05-20T10:43:44+09:00 11月 7th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Himeji Castle, National Treasure and World Heritage Site

Himeji Castle, located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, is situated on 45.6 meter high Mt. Hime, overlooking the Harima Plain. The main tower group, covered in white plaster, is said to resemble a white egret taking flight with its wings spread, hence Himeji Castle’s other name of Shirasagi-jo, or “White Egret Castle”. Of the [...]

By | 2018-07-16T18:30:46+09:00 11月 7th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments

Matsumoto Castle, Nagano’s National Treasure

Matsumoto Castle is a National Treasure designated castle standing on the plains of Matsumoto City, in central Nagano Prefecture. Being a hira-jiro, a castle built on the plains, Matsumoto required an extensive system of moats, stone and earthen walls, and gatehouses for defense. The site had been used as a fortress from around [...]

By | 2017-12-07T11:31:18+09:00 11月 7th, 2017|Castles, Spots|0 Comments