Most viewed - Wakayama Castle 和歌山城
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Wakayama Castle is a short bus ride from JR Wakayama Station. The East Moat (東堀) is what you see when you get off at the Koen-mae bus stop. The Ichinohashi Bridge at Otemon Gate is on the right.391 views
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Map of Wakayama Castle.198 views
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Sakura along the east moat.108 views
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Wakayama Castle as seen from Inui Turret. 107 views
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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).98 views
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Cherry blossoms and Wakayama Castle tower.95 views
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Wakayama Castle86 views
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Ichinohashi Bridge (一の橋) leading to Otemon Gate (大手門) is the main entrance to the Wakayama Castle, open 9 am - 5:30 pm. Closed Dec. 29-31. Both the bridge and gate were reconstructed in 1983.76 views
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Wakayama Castle is famous for cherry blossoms in early April. I visited when it was in full bloom. 68 views
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Path to Omotezaka entrance.62 views
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Wakayama Castle tower was destroyed again by World War II bombing on July 9, 1945. It was reconstructed in ferro-concrete in Oct. 1958.61 views
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A partial maze to make it harder for any attackers to enter the castle. 一中門跡56 views
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Sakura near Okaguchi-mon Gate.50 views
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Ninomaru Garden is full of cherries. The Ninomaru was the site of the castle palace where the lord and his ladies resided. 二の丸庭園48 views
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Entrance to Ura-zaka Nobori-guchi sloping path to the tenshukaku castle tower (donjon). 裏坂登り口47 views
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Castle foundation wall47 views
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In 1619, Tokugawa Yorinobu, Ieyasu's 10th son, became the castle lord establishing the Kii clan, one of three key Tokugawa Gosanke clans (along with Owari and Mito).47 views
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Almost to the castle tower.47 views
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Castle tower overlooks Ninomaru.46 views
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Wakayama Castle's Ohashiroka Bridge is a covered corridor connecting Ninomaru and Nishinomaru. Only the castle lord's immediate attendants could cross the bridge, and so it was completely covered. 御橋廊下46 views
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Wakayama Castle is on 48.9-meter-high Mt. Torafusu (虎伏) which resembles a tiger lying on its side when seen from the ocean. The castle is also called Torafusu-jo (lying tiger castle). This tiger statue was created in 1959.46 views
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The Ura-zaka sloping path to the castle tower is a mild climb up.45 views
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Wakayama Castle is noted for various styles of castle wall. 野面積み45 views
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Steps up to the castle tower.44 views
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Wakayama Castle tower was struck by lightning in 1846 and destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1850 by special permission from the shogunate which normally did not allow castles to be rebuilt.44 views
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Wakayama Castle in April.44 views
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Kusunoki-mon Gate (front side), reconstructed in 1950. This gate was lost along with the castle tower in July 1945. 楠門44 views
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Samurai armor, etc., are displayed.44 views
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Inside Wakayama Castle tower, a museum.44 views
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Tree growing on castle wall.43 views
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Castle tower entrance roof has a Chinese cusped gable (karahafu). 唐破風43 views
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View of Wakayama castle tower from Inui Turret.43 views
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Tree growing on castle stone foundation.42 views
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Finally we see the main castle tower amid cherry blossoms.41 views
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Wakayama Castle tower is now a modern museum with three stories.41 views
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Wakayama Castle tower (donjon) and cherry blossoms.41 views
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Kusunoki-mon 楠門41 views
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Model of Wakayama Castle41 views
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Pistol40 views
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Portrait of Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune who was from Wakayama.40 views
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On the lookout deck of Wakayama Castle, looking toward Kusunoki Gate and Ninomon Turret.40 views
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Inside Ninomon Turret, totally modern with hardly any views. Caged windows do not help at all. 二の門櫓40 views
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Corridor to Ninomon Turret. The corridor is connected to the main castle tower (donjon).40 views
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Stairs to Inui Turret. 40 views
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Inside Inui Turret 乾櫓40 views
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Cherry blossoms on the way to the castle tower.39 views
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Site of Ichinomon Gate. 一の門跡39 views
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Wakayama Castle tower (donjon).39 views
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Portrait of Tokugawa Yorinobu. His descendants went on to produce six Tokugawa shoguns: Yoshimune, Ieshige, Ieharu, Ienari, Ieyoshi, and Iemochi (Yoshitomi).39 views
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Oimawashimon Gate. Renovated in 1985. 追廻門39 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden was originally built by Tokugawa Yorinobu. Renovated in 1973. Noted for maple leaves in fall, a pond, and a floating pavilion called the Engyokaku (鳶魚閣) (left).39 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate, seen from the outside. In 1960, it was disassembled and repaired.39 views
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Cherries droop over a castle wall.38 views
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Stone foundation wall of the castle tower.38 views
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The 50-year-old castle tower is in need of a paint job.38 views
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The castle tower is in need of a paint job.38 views
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Steps tp Kusunoki-mon Gate.38 views
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Inui Turret 乾櫓38 views
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From the lookout deck of Wakayama Castle, you can see the connected corridors leading to the two turrets.38 views
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Top floor of Wakayama Castle tower with a nice balcony for fine views of Wakayama.38 views
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Corridor leading to Inui Turret.38 views
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Stairs to Ninomon Turret.38 views
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The final corridor leads to the exit.38 views
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The Ohashiroka Bridge is made of wood with a slight slope. It is a rare castle structure. 御橋廊下38 views
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Inside Ohashiroka Bridge. The floor has planks of wood whose edges are kind of painful for bare feet. (You have to take off your shoes to enter.)38 views
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From the North Moat, we see the Ohashiroka Bridge which was completed in April 2006.38 views
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Panoramic view of cherry blossoms and Okaguchi-mon Gate.38 views
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Wakayama Castle was originally built in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidenaga upon the order of elder brother Hideyoshi. The construction was directed by renown castle architect Lord Todo Takatora, native of Omi (Shiga Prefecture).37 views
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Kusunoki-mon (back side) 楠門37 views
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Wakayama Castle37 views
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Inui Turret37 views
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Wakayama Castle's Ohashiroka Bridge and the castle tower. The bridge is a corridor connecting Ninomaru and Nishinomaru. 御橋廊下37 views
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Entrance to Ohashiroka Bridge which was completed in April 2006. Free admission.37 views
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Entrance to the castle tower complex is via this gate called Kusunoki-mon. 楠門36 views
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Wakayama Castle tower and Kusunoki-mon Gate.36 views
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Castle tower exit36 views
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Lookimg toward Omotemon Gate.36 views
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Ninomaru36 views
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Path to Okaguchi-mon Gate, the castle's back entrance built by Tokugawa Yorinobu.36 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate, an Important Cultural Property. One of the few structures still remaining from the Edo Period. 岡口門36 views
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Wakayama's industrial complex in the distance.35 views
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Basement steps35 views
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Inside the Engyokaku pavilion (no entry).35 views
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Omote-zaka steps to the castle tower.35 views
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Wakayama Castle marker outside Okaguchi-mon Gate.35 views
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Cherry blossoms as seen from Okaguchi-mon Gate.35 views
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Wakayama Castle as seen from inside the tower complex.34 views
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Inui Turret and cherry blossoms. 乾櫓34 views
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View from inside Ohashiroka Bridge, looking toward the castle tower.34 views
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Entrance to Nishinomaru Teien Garden. Also called Momijidani Teien Garden.34 views
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Castle tower stone foundation wall.33 views
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Looking toward Inui Turret33 views
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Looking toward Inui Turret33 views
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View from inside Ohashiroka Bridge, looking toward the North Moat.33 views
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Ohashiroka Bridge entrance on the other end.33 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden pond. The garden is a National Scenic Place.33 views
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Markings can be found on the stones.32 views
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North Moat 北堀32 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden 32 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate and cherry blossoms. This part of the castle has the heaviest concentration of sakura.32 views
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