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Wakayama Castle is a short bus ride from JR Wakayama Station. The East Moat (東堀) is what you see when you get off at the Koen-mae bus stop. The Ichinohashi Bridge at Otemon Gate is on the right.438 views
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An awesome sight in Minabe, Wakayama.266 views
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Map of Wakayama Castle.243 views
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Nachi Falls 那智大滝233 views
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Wakayama Castle as seen from Inui Turret. 191 views
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Katsuura 勝浦186 views
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Near Tanabe185 views
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Wakayama Castle's main castle tower is connected to a corridor leading to two other turrets. On the left is the entrance to this castle tower complex (tenshu-kuruwa 天守郭).182 views
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Cherry blossoms and Wakayama Castle tower.181 views
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Kumano Hongu Shrine168 views
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Wakayama Castle168 views
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Minabe boasts Japan's largest plum tree groves. The trees cover the mountain slopes and a sweet aroma prevails. JR Minabe Station161 views
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Entrance to Minabe Plum Grove. The best time is around mid-Feb. 南部梅林151 views
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Sakura along the east moat.151 views
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舟見峠146 views
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Chikatsuyu137 views
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Hagi137 views
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Slopes covered with plum trees.132 views
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Plum blossoms131 views
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Plum blossoms125 views
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Ichinohashi Bridge (一の橋) leading to Otemon Gate (大手門) is the main entrance to the Wakayama Castle, open 9 am - 5:30 pm. Closed Dec. 29-31. Both the bridge and gate were reconstructed in 1983.121 views
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Wakayama Castle is famous for cherry blossoms in early April. I visited when it was in full bloom. 115 views
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Path to Omotezaka entrance.115 views
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Wakayama Castle tower was destroyed again by World War II bombing on July 9, 1945. It was reconstructed in ferro-concrete in Oct. 1958.109 views
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A partial maze to make it harder for any attackers to enter the castle. 一中門跡103 views
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Sakura near Okaguchi-mon Gate.98 views
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Entrance to Ura-zaka Nobori-guchi sloping path to the tenshukaku castle tower (donjon). 裏坂登り口96 views
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The Ura-zaka sloping path to the castle tower is a mild climb up.95 views
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Almost to the castle tower.95 views
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Ninomaru Garden is full of cherries. The Ninomaru was the site of the castle palace where the lord and his ladies resided. 二の丸庭園94 views
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In 1619, Tokugawa Yorinobu, Ieyasu's 10th son, became the castle lord establishing the Kii clan, one of three key Tokugawa Gosanke clans (along with Owari and Mito).94 views
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Wakayama Castle's Ohashiroka Bridge is a covered corridor connecting Ninomaru and Nishinomaru. Only the castle lord's immediate attendants could cross the bridge, and so it was completely covered. 御橋廊下94 views
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Wakayama Castle tower was struck by lightning in 1846 and destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1850 by special permission from the shogunate which normally did not allow castles to be rebuilt.91 views
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Kusunoki-mon Gate (front side), reconstructed in 1950. This gate was lost along with the castle tower in July 1945. 楠門91 views
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Inside Wakayama Castle tower, a museum.91 views
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Castle tower overlooks Ninomaru.90 views
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Castle foundation wall90 views
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Wakayama Castle is noted for various styles of castle wall. 野面積み90 views
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Wakayama Castle in April.90 views
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Castle tower entrance roof has a Chinese cusped gable (karahafu). 唐破風90 views
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Samurai armor, etc., are displayed.90 views
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Wakayama Castle is on 48.9-meter-high Mt. Torafusu (虎伏) which resembles a tiger lying on its side when seen from the ocean. The castle is also called Torafusu-jo (lying tiger castle). This tiger statue was created in 1959.90 views
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The castle tower is in need of a paint job.89 views
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Steps up to the castle tower.88 views
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Model of Wakayama Castle88 views
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Tree growing on castle wall.87 views
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Wakayama Castle tower (donjon) and cherry blossoms.87 views
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Kusunoki-mon 楠門87 views
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View of Wakayama castle tower from Inui Turret.87 views
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Oimawashimon Gate. Renovated in 1985. 追廻門87 views
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Wakayama Castle tower is now a modern museum with three stories.86 views
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The 50-year-old castle tower is in need of a paint job.86 views
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Stairs to Inui Turret. 86 views
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Tree growing on castle stone foundation.86 views
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Wakayama Castle tower (donjon).85 views
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Pistol85 views
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On the lookout deck of Wakayama Castle, looking toward Kusunoki Gate and Ninomon Turret.85 views
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Corridor leading to Inui Turret.85 views
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Corridor to Ninomon Turret. The corridor is connected to the main castle tower (donjon).85 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate, seen from the outside. In 1960, it was disassembled and repaired.85 views
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Cherries droop over a castle wall.84 views
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Cherry blossoms on the way to the castle tower.84 views
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Finally we see the main castle tower amid cherry blossoms.84 views
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Steps tp Kusunoki-mon Gate.84 views
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From the lookout deck of Wakayama Castle, you can see the connected corridors leading to the two turrets.84 views
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Portrait of Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune who was from Wakayama.84 views
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Inside Ninomon Turret, totally modern with hardly any views. Caged windows do not help at all. 二の門櫓84 views
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Inside Inui Turret 乾櫓84 views
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Inui Turret84 views
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Cherry blossoms as seen from Okaguchi-mon Gate.84 views
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Site of Ichinomon Gate. 一の門跡83 views
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Entrance to the castle tower complex is via this gate called Kusunoki-mon. 楠門83 views
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Inui Turret 乾櫓83 views
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The Ohashiroka Bridge is made of wood with a slight slope. It is a rare castle structure. 御橋廊下83 views
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Ninomaru83 views
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Inside the Engyokaku pavilion (no entry).83 views
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Wakayama Castle was originally built in 1585 by Toyotomi Hidenaga upon the order of elder brother Hideyoshi. The construction was directed by renown castle architect Lord Todo Takatora, native of Omi (Shiga Prefecture).82 views
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Stone foundation wall of the castle tower.82 views
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Kusunoki-mon (back side) 楠門82 views
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Castle tower exit82 views
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Top floor of Wakayama Castle tower with a nice balcony for fine views of Wakayama.82 views
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Portrait of Tokugawa Yorinobu. His descendants went on to produce six Tokugawa shoguns: Yoshimune, Ieshige, Ieharu, Ienari, Ieyoshi, and Iemochi (Yoshitomi).82 views
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Markings can be found on the stones.82 views
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Wakayama Castle's Ohashiroka Bridge and the castle tower. The bridge is a corridor connecting Ninomaru and Nishinomaru. 御橋廊下82 views
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Entrance to Ohashiroka Bridge which was completed in April 2006. Free admission.82 views
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From the North Moat, we see the Ohashiroka Bridge which was completed in April 2006.82 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden was originally built by Tokugawa Yorinobu. Renovated in 1973. Noted for maple leaves in fall, a pond, and a floating pavilion called the Engyokaku (鳶魚閣) (left).82 views
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Path to Okaguchi-mon Gate, the castle's back entrance built by Tokugawa Yorinobu.82 views
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Panoramic view of cherry blossoms and Okaguchi-mon Gate.82 views
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Looking toward Inui Turret81 views
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The final corridor leads to the exit.81 views
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Wakayama Castle81 views
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Inside Ohashiroka Bridge. The floor has planks of wood whose edges are kind of painful for bare feet. (You have to take off your shoes to enter.)81 views
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View from inside Ohashiroka Bridge, looking toward the castle tower.81 views
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Ohashiroka Bridge entrance on the other end.81 views
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Wakayama Castle marker outside Okaguchi-mon Gate.81 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate, an Important Cultural Property. One of the few structures still remaining from the Edo Period. 岡口門81 views
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Castle tower stone foundation wall.80 views
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Wakayama Castle tower and Kusunoki-mon Gate.80 views
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Lookimg toward Omotemon Gate.80 views
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Stairs to Ninomon Turret.80 views
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Basement steps80 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden pond. The garden is a National Scenic Place.80 views
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Entrance to Nishinomaru Teien Garden. Also called Momijidani Teien Garden.79 views
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Nishinomaru Teien Garden 79 views
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Looking toward Inui Turret78 views
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Wakayama's industrial complex in the distance.78 views
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View from inside Ohashiroka Bridge, looking toward the North Moat.78 views
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Inui Turret and cherry blossoms. 乾櫓77 views
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Omote-zaka steps to the castle tower.77 views
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Wakayama Castle as seen from inside the tower complex.76 views
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North Moat 北堀75 views
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Okaguchi-mon Gate and cherry blossoms. This part of the castle has the heaviest concentration of sakura.75 views
 
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