JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Azuchi Castle 安土城跡
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Azuchi Castle tower replica at House of Nobunaga. Very ornate and beautiful. both outside and inside.725 views
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Azuchi Castle construction494 views
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Oda Nobunaga actually started living in Azuchi Castle's main tower or donjon. Normally, the castle lord resided in a separate palace.370 views
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Azuchi Castle replica364 views
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View from atop Mt. Azuchi.363 views
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This Azuchi Castle tower replica was displayed in the Japan Pavilion at the Seville Expo '92 in Spain before it was moved here.353 views
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The unique hexagonal base of the upper section of the Azuchi Castle donjon.332 views
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Azuchi Castle in snow287 viewsThe castle was made as a snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Feb. 2000.
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Also in Azuchi is this museum called the House of Nobunaga (Nobunaga no Yakata) which displays a life-size replica of the top part of Azuchi Castle. MAP281 views
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Built in 1579 by Oda Nobunaga, Azuchi Castle was unique for its octagonal castle tower. It was attacked and destroyed only 3 years later. The castle is on a hill in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture. MAP244 viewsAzuchi Castle marker.
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Poster for the movie "Katen no Shiro" (火天の城) released in Japan on Sept. 12, 2009. It is about the building of Azuchi Castle. Movie review here212 views
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Mt. Azuchi209 views
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A lot of impressive stone work remains of Azuchi Castle.207 views
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Main stairs of Otemichi path201 views
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To Mt. Azuchi where Azuchi Castle once stood in Omi-Hachiman. If you don't have a car, rent a bicycle at Azuchi Station (or ride a taxi). The castle site is not very far from Azuchi Station by bicycle.197 views
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters at Azuchi Castle.190 views
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Foot of Mt. Azuchi188 views
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Nishi no Ko lake187 views
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters.180 views
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Azuchi Castle tower foundation stones still remain.160 views
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Nishi no Ko lake151 views
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Steps to castle tower foundation141 views
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Stone buddha140 views
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Castle tower foundation140 views
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Castle tower foundation132 views
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