Japan

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle is located in the city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The castle overlooks the Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Inuyama Castle is one of only 12 original Japanese castles.

Located in the outskirts of Nagoya, Inuyama Castle is one of the 12 original Japanese castles Founded in 1440 CE along the Kiso river, it dominates the quaint town of Inuyama from its stunning position over the hill After an interesting morning at Gifu Castle, we took the JR train to Unuma Station From the station its a 25 minute walk to the Castle Please note that I used the JR line because I had the JR Pass on me If you are paying for tickets, it would be more meaningful to use the Meitetsu line and get down at the Inuyamayuen station which is a lot closer to the castle
Gifu Castle

Hike to Gifu Castle

Gifu Castle is a castle located in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Along with Mount Kinka and the Nagara River, it is one of the main symbols of the city.

Today is an interesting day as I get to explore two of Japan’s most beautiful castles in the Chubu region The first one, Gifu Castle or Gifu-jo, as it is called in Japanese, rests atop Mt Kinka, located in the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture The castle was initially established here as a fortress by Nikaido Yukimasa under orders from the Kamakura Shogunate in 1201 CE It was then known as Inabayama Castle The fortress was later renovated into the polished structure we see today by Saito Dosan who became master of the castle in 1539 In 1567 Oda Nobunaga invaded Mino and took control of
Matsue Castle

The black Castle of Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan in their original wooden form. It is also known as the black castle due to its dark color. The castle is located near Lake Shinji, surrounded by many canals where tourists can take a memorable boat ride.

Matsue Castle in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, is one of only 12 remaining medieval castles in their original wooden form The castle was built as a fortress over a period of five years and completed in 1611 CE by the local feudal lord and founder of Matsue City, Yoshiharu Horio The castle is sometimes called the “black castle” after its dark-colored exterior I and my wife, Mani were in Izumo for a few days We were staying at the Dormy Inn Hotel, adjacent to Inzumoshi Station It is a good place to stay if you are touring Izumo The hotel’s proximity to the JR train station is very helpful if you will be
Evening at Kiyosu Castle

An evening at Kiyosu Castle

Today we explore Kiyosu Castle 清須城 – a place that the ruthless warlord Oda Nobunaga called home. Today the castle sits quietly in the mundane town of Kiyosu, but as once the capital of the powerful Owari province, its influence may have waned, but its importance to history has not.

Today we explore one of the hidden gems of Japanese heritage located just about 6 km northwest of Nagoya I am talking about Kiyosu Castle 清須城, a small castle with a long history, that the ruthless warlord Oda Nobunaga once called home Kiyosu Castle The stories of Kiyosu Castle is smeared in blood No surprises there as it played an important role in Nobunaga’s initiative for the unification of JapanAfter a violent takeover, with the assassination of Oda Nobutomo, the then clan leader of Kiyosu, Oda Nobunaga snatched the reigns of the province in 1555 CE At that time Nagoya used to be the capital city Following his ascent to the
Tower of Utsunomiya Castle Ruins

Utsunomiya Castle Ruins

Today we walked down to Utsunomiya Castle, a flatland castle originally built during the Heian period in 1063. Once counted among the seven major castles of Kanto region, it was totally destroyed in war. The partially restored castle now functions as a park for city residents to relax in.

I cannot forget this day ever Today we went to explore the Utsunomiya Castle 宇都宮城 located in Tochigi Prefecture The castle was okay but that I almost lost my Nikon D810 will stay etched in my memory for years to come We were staying at the APA Hotel Utsunomiya-Ekimae, a five-minute walk from the Utsunomiya Station We try our best to book hotels near to the station Even though they might be a little more expensive than those further away, it actually saves on travel cost and time We had arrived early in the day all the way from Aomori and took some rest at the hotel After
Osaka Castle

The stunning Osaka Castle

I love walking around Osaka Castle in the evenings. The castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. The stone walls and moats surround the castle separating it from the bustling city. As dusk sets in, the sodium lamps light up the pathways surrounding the castle. The weeping sakura leaves along the wide moat briskly sway in the wind and the castle itself looks like a fantasy structure from the mythical age of dragons.

I dropped in at Osaka today to capture the stunning Osaka Castle in the evening light Osaka, Chūō-ku is the second largest metropolis of Japan It’s a bustling city with over 19 million inhabitants The city is well-connected by the subway During my first few days in Osaka, I used to feel very lost making my way through the confusing subway But I have made progress in the last few months and now am able to understand the routes better We started from Nara after lunch Nara to Osaka Castle We reached the Tembabashi Station at about 4 pm In my opinion its the easiest route to the Castle
Matsumoto Castle

The lovely Matsumoto Castle

Today we visit the Matsumoto Castle, one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures’ of Japan with over 400 years of history. With the Japanese Alps in the the background and a red bridge connecting the surrounding moat, it is one of the most picturesque castles in all of Japan.

After a whirlwind tour of Kanto region, we were finally headed home Along the way we decided to stop at the beautiful Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) in Nagano Prefecture Constructed in 1592, it is one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon (castle keep) remaining in Japan Takasaki to Matsumoto After an early morning tour of Shorinzan Darumaji Temple, we were back in Takasaki From Takasaki we took the Shinkansen to Nagano The journey takes about an hour and passing through some breathtaking mountains Nagano Mountains At Nagano Station, after grabbing
Chiba Castle

The picturesque Chiba Castle

Today we head up to the picturesque castle on a hilltop in downtown Chiba. The ruins of the Inohana Castle go back to early 1100’s when it was created by Chiba Tsuneshige, however the replica that stands today is from sketches of a late 16th century design that somewhat reduces the authenticity of the castle.

The Chiba Castle was not on my bucket list, but while we were in the Kanto region, we decided to give it a visit From the interesting Saitama Rail Museum, we took the JR train to Chiba Station From Chiba Station, we took the Chiba Urban Monorail, a two-line suspended monorail system It is the world’s longest suspended monorail system travelling along a 15 km route This dual-tracked system was built by the Mitsubishi Company, to connect the suburbs of Chiba Prefecture with main city Chiba Urban Monorail It was fun watching the cars go by below our feet as the Chibatoshi-Monorail passed through the heart of the city The ride is short, all of 6 minutes and
Hirosaki Castle

An evening at Hirosaki Castle

We dropped by Hirosaki Castle today, the only remaining castle from the Edo period in the Tohoku area of Japan. Built in 1611, the castle is renowned for the weeping Sakura blossoms in its surrounding park.

After a lovely time at the Tambo Art fields, we set off for one of the most beautiful castles in Tohoku region Hirosaki Castle (弘前城) is a hirayama-style Japanese castle constructed in 1611 The present tower however was rebuilt in 1810 in the late Edo period (1603-1867) after a fire destroyed the original in 1627 It was the seat of the Tsugaru clan, who ruled over Hirosaki domain in the Mutsu Province, now known as central Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture Tambo Art Fields to Hirosaki From Tamboato Station, we took the local to Onoekoko-Mae Station and from there another train on the Konan Line all the way to Hirosaki Station

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