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.755 views
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Azuchi Castle construction511 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.391 views
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Azuchi Castle replica387 views
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View from atop Mt. Azuchi.379 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.378 views
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The unique hexagonal base of the upper section of the Azuchi Castle donjon.351 views
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Azuchi Castle in snow302 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. MAP301 views
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Built in 1579 by famous warlord Oda Nobunaga, Azuchi Castle was unique for its opulence and octagonal castle tower. Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568–1600) is partially named after this castle. 261 viewsThe castle was attacked and destroyed only 3 years later. The castle is on a hill in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture. A replica of the top portion of the castle tower is displayed at a museum nearby the castle ruins. Photo shows the Azuchi Castle marker at the foot of the castle hill.
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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 here239 views
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A lot of impressive stone work remains of Azuchi Castle.230 views
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Mt. Azuchi225 views
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Main stairs of Otemichi path220 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.219 views
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters at Azuchi Castle.210 views
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Foot of Mt. Azuchi203 views
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Lake Nishinoko203 views
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Site of Hashiba Hideyoshi's quarters.197 views
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Azuchi Castle tower foundation stones still remain.180 views
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Lake Nishinoko166 views
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Steps to castle tower foundation156 views
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Stone buddha155 views
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Castle tower foundation155 views
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Lake Nishinoko149 views
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Castle tower foundation147 views
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Castle tower foundation145 views
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