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Matsuyama Castle
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Okazaki Castle towerThe castle was dismantled during the Meiji Period and the area was made into a castle park. The castle tower was later rebuilt in 1959.
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Hiroshima Castle towerRebuilt after World War II.
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Uwajima Castle tower (Important Cultural Asset)
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Kanazawa Castle
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Toyama Castle 富山城
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Entrance to Honmaru Goten palace, Kawagoe Castle.
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Fukuyama Castle tower
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Kameyama Castle
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Imabari Castle 今治城
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Nakano (Hino Castle) in Hino, Shiga Pref. The castle was built in 1534 by Lord Gamou Sadahide (1508-1579).
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Stairs to Kakegawa Castle tower
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Toyama Castle
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Chiba Castle
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Fukuoka Castle, Kinen Turret祈念櫓
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Twin turrets of Akashi Castle
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Kochi Castle tower
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Otowa Castle's hilltop center, now a playground.In Hino, Shiga Pref.
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Jonai Bridge to Karatsu Castle城内橋
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Maruoka Castle
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Cherry blossoms and Chiba Castle
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Inuyama Castle tower
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Himeji Castle tower, a National Treasure. 大天守
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Ninomaru Palace entrance, National Treasure二之丸御殿
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Osaka Castle tower closeup
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Kanazawa Castle
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Nagoya Castle tower, reconstructed in 1959.天守閣
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle
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Takashima Castle
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Inuyama Castle roof
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Toyama Castle
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Kumamoto Castle 熊本城
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Okayama Castle 岡山城
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Matsue Castle tower 松江城
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Kumamoto Castle 熊本城
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Okayama Castle
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Nagoya Castle, Northwest corner turret西北隅櫓
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Gate to Seta Castle, Otsu, Shiga Pref. 瀬田城跡
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Hachiman-yama Castle wall
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Takamatsu Castle turret
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Yoshida Castle turret
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Mihara Castle tower foundation
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Onomichi Castle (tourist facility)This is not based on an actual castle, but built as an amusement attraction. Now closed.
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Kubota Castle
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Hirosaki Castle tower
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Fake castle in Atami, but a landmark nevertheless.
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Iwakuni Castle
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Nagahama Castle, Shiga
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Nagahama Castle and cherry blossoms.
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Hikone Castle's main tower is said to be originally the castle tower for Otsu Castle whose lord was Kyogoku Takatsugu. It was moved here in 1606. This main tower is designated as a National Treasure.
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Although it was a military fortress, Hikone Castle never saw battle and was mainly a symbol of authority.
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Himeji Castle (National Treasure)
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Site of Takehana Castle in Hashima, Gifu, now occupied by the Hashima Folk History Museum.
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Iga-Ueno Castle and cherry blossoms, Mie Prefecture. During the Meiji Restoration, Ueno Castle's structures were dismantled as with many other castles.
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Iga-Ueno Castle and cherry blossoms, Mie Prefecture.
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Fushimi Turret as seen from Nijubashi Bridge. Edo Castle was first built by Ota Dokan (太田道灌) in 1457 when Tokyo/Edo was still a small fishing village. Ota Dokan is thus regarded as one of Tokyo's forefathers. 伏見櫓
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Fujimi Turret, Edo Castle 富士見櫓
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Foundation of castle tower or donjon. In 1657, there was a great fire in Edo and a stray ember set the castle tower on fire and destroyed it only 19 years after it was built. It was never rebuilt. 天守台
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Otemon Gate, Edo Castle's main gate. 大手門
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Hikone Castle and Genkyu-en Garden in fall
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Saga Castle palace, rebuilt in 2004 after 3 years of construction. 佐賀城本丸歴史館This is a magnificent and accurate reconstruction of the palace built by the 11th Saga lord, Nabeshima Naomasa, in 1838 after a fire razed the castle.
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Imperial Palace Nijubashi Bridge. It is one of Tokyo's symbols. Behind the bridge, you can see Fushimi Turret. This picture was taken on a different day and not while we were crossing the bridge.
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Path to Gifu Castle tower
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Tsu Castle, Ushitora turret
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Azuchi Castle Museum (Azuchi Jokaku Shiryokan)
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Azuchi Castle tower replica at House of Nobunaga. Very ornate and beautiful. both outside and inside.
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Kiyosu Castle, Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga moved to Kiyosu Castle from Nagoya Castle in 1555. From Kiyosu Castle, he went to defeat the Imagawa at the Battle of Okehazama.
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Kiyosu Castle
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden. 300 yen admission for the castle tower. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday).
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.
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Kishiwada Castle
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Kishiwada Castle moat
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Kaminoyama Castle, Yamagata Pref. The building is four stories high reconstructed in Nov. 1982. The design is based on the castle existing in 1535.
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Kokura Castle, Kita-Kyushu
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Kokura Castle
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Minakuchi Castle was originally built in 1634 as a rest place for shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu during his travels to and from Kyoto. But the shogun stayed at the castle only once.
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Nihonmatsu Castle, also popularly called Kasumigajo Castle, is on a low hill amid the flat plains of central Nihonmatsu, Fukushima. It is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles as well as one of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites.
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The steps lead to Minowa Gate. 箕輪門
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Weeping cherry tree and Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate.
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate was reconstructed in Aug. 1982 at a cost of 200 million yen. 箕輪門
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.
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Panorama of Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.
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Nagahama Castle in summer.
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. No structure remain. No moats remain either, except for the two rivers which served as a natural moat.
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Odawara Castle, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Odawara Castle has this one little picnic spot nearby.
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Ogaki Castle's cherry blossoms were more beautiful than I had expected.
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Ogaki Castle in April
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Ogaki Castle and cherry blossoms
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Kawamori Castle, Ryuo-cho, Shiga 川守城跡 MAP
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Shibata Castle, Niigata (Sangai Yagura Turret)
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓, Niigata. The castle never had a tenshukaku castle tower (donjon), so this turret was the grandest castle structure.
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Sangai Yagura Turret with three shachi sculptures on the T-shaped roof. Unique to Shibata Castle. Unfortunately, we cannot enter this turret since it is within the Ground Self-Defence Force base which occupies much of the castle grounds.
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Sendai Castle's Waki-yagura turret at the site of Otemon Gate. Reconstructed in 1965. We cannot enter it. 脇櫓
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Waki-yagura turret at Sendai Castle.
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View from Sendai Castle's Honmaru. Sendai has over a million people. On clear days, you can also see the Pacific Ocean.
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Statue of Lord Date Masamune at Sendai Castle's Honmaru.
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Yaji in front of Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka city. 「東海道中膝栗毛」十返捨一九
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Sunpu Castle's Tatsumi Yagura Turret and Higashi Gomon Gate.
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Sumpu Castle's Higashi Gomon Gate and bridge 東御門
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Sunomata Castle and gourd sculpture. The gourd (hyotan) was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's trademark as well as a symbol of this area.
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Sunomata Castle.
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Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate. 土橋門
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Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru is marked by this Hachiman Shrine on a mound. Gunma.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru, Gunma.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru. The shrine has a protective housing. Hachiman was the patron god of Tatebayashi Castle, Gunma.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru. Gunma.
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore this castle more.
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi Pref.
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Aizu-Wakamatsu (Tsuruga-jo) Castle, Fukushima Pref. The reconstructed castle tower (ferro-concrete) is based on the 5-story castle tower Kato Akinari built in 1639. "Wakamatsu" was named after a place in Hino, Shiga by Ujisato.
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Wakamatsu Castle, Fukushima. Totally modern on the inside (renovated in 2004), the castle tower is a history museum. It displays swords and portraits of the Byakkotai Battalion of teenagers who valiantly butneedlessly committed suicide on Iimoriyama Hill.
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Wakayama Castle
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Wakayama Castle's main castle tower is connected to a corridor leading to two other turrets. On the left is the entrance to this castle tower complex (tenshu-kuruwa 天守郭).
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Cherry blossoms and Wakayama Castle tower.
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Wakayama Castle as seen from Inui Turret.
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Yamagata Castle's Ninomaru Higashi Otemon Gate. This gate and turret were accurately reconstructed in 1991 based on Edo Period documents and Meiji Period photos. 二の丸東大手門
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Behind Ninomaru Higashi Otemon Gate
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Inside the Ninomaru Higashi Otemon Gate turret at Yamagata Castle. Very impressive construction. Still new-looking even after almost 20 years.
 
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