JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Sakai 坂井市
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Maruoka Castle tower330 views
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Tojinbo is in Mikuni-cho.328 views
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Huge rock columns stand about 9 stories (25 meters) high.305 views
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Maruoka Castle272 views
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle257 views
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Bungee jumping is probably not possible here.236 views
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Tojinbo sign indicating the Echizen-Kaga Coastal Quasi-National Park231 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 Castle120 viewsPhoto: Way to Maruoka Castle from the bus stop.
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Bus stop for Maruoka Castle110 viewsTakes about 40-50 min. from Fukui Station.
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Kasumiga-jo Park, noted for cherry blossoms.100 views
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Old shachi (killer whale) roof ornaments made of stone.97 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 tower96 views
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Edo Period currency90 views
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Entrance to castle grounds89 views
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Steps to castle tower entrance.88 views
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Path to castle tower87 views
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1st floor of castle tower with photos of other castles.87 views
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Folk History Museum84 views
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The stone marker says National Treasure Kasumiga-jo Castle.83 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 castle83 views
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1st floor of castle tower82 viewsThe steep stairs go to the 2nd floor.
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Ceiling on top floor82 views
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Maruoka Castle tower81 views
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The veranda is narrow and the fence is low.81 views
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Folk History Museum adjacent to the castle. 歴史民俗資料館81 views
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View from castle tower80 views
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Inside Folk History Museum80 views
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Well related to the castle's mist.79 views
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2nd floor78 views
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Top floor78 views
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Entrance to castle tower77 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (2nd floor)77 views
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1st floor of castle tower76 views
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Stairway on top floor76 views
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Top floor76 views
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Veranda (closed to visitors)76 views
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Old-style "bay window?"74 views
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"Sama" hole to shoot weapons (arrows or guns)74 views
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Ceiling on top floor74 views
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Lower stone wall74 views
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Stairs going down74 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (rare)73 views
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Stairs to top floor73 views
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Ceiling on top floor71 views
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Ceiling on top floor67 views
 
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