JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


Most viewed - Sakai 坂井市
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Maruoka Castle tower327 views
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Tojinbo is in Mikuni-cho.326 views
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Huge rock columns stand about 9 stories (25 meters) high.303 views
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Maruoka Castle269 views
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle254 views
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Bungee jumping is probably not possible here.234 views
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Tojinbo sign indicating the Echizen-Kaga Coastal Quasi-National Park229 views
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Maruoka Castle is Japan's oldest surviving castle tower although it collapsed during the Fukui Earthquake in 1948. Rebuilt in 1955 with most of the original materials. Originally built in 1576 by Shibata Katsutoyo, nicknamed Kasumiga-jo (Misty Castle118 viewsPhoto: Way to Maruoka Castle from the bus stop.
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Bus stop for Maruoka Castle108 viewsTakes about 40-50 min. from Fukui Station.
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Kasumiga-jo Park, noted for cherry blossoms.98 views
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Old shachi (killer whale) roof ornaments made of stone.95 viewsThe original shachi were made of wood with copper plating. But during WWII, the precious copper was taken and these two stone shachi were made to replace the original shachi. These two shachi fell off the roof during the 1948 earthquake and were replaced by a replica of the original made of wood and copper plating.
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Maruoka Castle tower94 views
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Edo Period currency88 views
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Entrance to castle grounds86 views
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Steps to castle tower entrance.86 views
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Path to castle tower85 views
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1st floor of castle tower with photos of other castles.85 views
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Folk History Museum82 views
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The stone marker says National Treasure Kasumiga-jo Castle.81 viewsThe castle was a National Treasure until it collapsed in the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. Now an Important Cultural Property.
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Side of castle81 views
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1st floor of castle tower80 viewsThe steep stairs go to the 2nd floor.
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Ceiling on top floor80 views
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Maruoka Castle tower79 views
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The veranda is narrow and the fence is low.79 views
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Folk History Museum adjacent to the castle. 歴史民俗資料館79 views
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View from castle tower78 views
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Inside Folk History Museum78 views
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Well related to the castle's mist.77 views
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2nd floor76 views
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Top floor76 views
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Entrance to castle tower75 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (2nd floor)75 views
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1st floor of castle tower74 views
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Stairway on top floor74 views
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Top floor74 views
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Veranda (closed to visitors)74 views
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Old-style "bay window?"72 views
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"Sama" hole to shoot weapons (arrows or guns)72 views
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Ceiling on top floor72 views
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Lower stone wall72 views
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Stairs going down72 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (rare)71 views
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Stairs to top floor71 views
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Ceiling on top floor69 views
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Ceiling on top floor65 views
 
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