JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Most viewed - Sakai 坂井市
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Maruoka Castle tower349 views
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Tojinbo in Mikuni-cho is spectacular, natural rock columns and walls on the coast. Hiking trails and boat rides give you a closer look at this rare natural monument. 341 viewsTojimbo is accessible by bus from JR Awara Onsen Station on the Hokuriku Line.
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Huge rock columns stand about 9 stories (25 meters) high.317 views
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Maruoka Castle291 views
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle276 views
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Bungee jumping is probably not possible here.248 views
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Tojinbo sign indicating the Echizen-Kaga Coastal Quasi-National Park243 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 Castle132 viewsPhoto: Way to Maruoka Castle from the bus stop.
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Bus stop for Maruoka Castle125 viewsTakes about 40-50 min. from Fukui Station.
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Kasumiga-jo Park, noted for cherry blossoms.113 views
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Old shachi (killer whale) roof ornaments made of stone.110 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 tower108 views
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Edo Period currency103 views
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Entrance to castle grounds102 views
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Steps to castle tower entrance.102 views
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1st floor of castle tower with photos of other castles.100 views
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Path to castle tower99 views
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Folk History Museum97 views
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Side of castle96 views
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The stone marker says National Treasure Kasumiga-jo Castle.95 viewsThe castle was a National Treasure until it collapsed in the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. Now an Important Cultural Property.
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1st floor of castle tower94 viewsThe steep stairs go to the 2nd floor.
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Ceiling on top floor94 views
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Folk History Museum adjacent to the castle. 歴史民俗資料館94 views
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Maruoka Castle tower93 views
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The veranda is narrow and the fence is low.93 views
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Inside Folk History Museum93 views
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View from castle tower92 views
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2nd floor91 views
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Top floor91 views
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Well related to the castle's mist.91 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (2nd floor)90 views
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Entrance to castle tower89 views
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Stairway on top floor89 views
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Top floor89 views
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Veranda (closed to visitors)89 views
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1st floor of castle tower88 views
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Old-style "bay window?"87 views
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"Sama" hole to shoot weapons (arrows or guns)87 views
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Roof tiles made of stone (rare)86 views
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Stairs to top floor86 views
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Ceiling on top floor86 views
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Lower stone wall86 views
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Stairs going down86 views
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Ceiling on top floor83 views
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Ceiling on top floor78 views
 
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