Top 10 Japanese Castles!
There are over 100 castles in Japan. Here are some of the best:
🏰 Nijo Cstle - Located in the heart of Kyoto, this World Heritage Site was originally constructed by a powerful shogun.
🏰 Hirosaki Castle - Located inside Hirosaki Park, one of Japan’s best cherry blossom spots, Hirosaki Castle was built by the Tsugaru Clan in 1611.
🏰 Inuyama Castle - This is one of the 12 castles that have survived intact since the Edo period. While there is no historical proof, Inuyama is considered the oldest Japanese castle.
🏰 Hikone Castle - The hilltop castle in Hikone took 20 years to build, was completed in 1622, and served as a seat for feudal lords until 1868.
🏰 Nagoya Castle - Originally of the Edo period but rebuilt after World War II, Nagoya Castle is six stories high, affording panoramic views of its surroundings.
🏰 Matsumoto Castle – Another beauty for Cherry Blossom season, Matsumoto Castle is close enough to Tokyo to add it on as a day trip.
🏰 Kumamoto Castle - One of the most extensive castle complexes in Japan and dating back to 1607, Kumamoto Castle unfortunately suffered some serious damage during the earthquakes of April 2016. It is still the 3rd largest in the country.
🏰 Okayama Castle - Also known as the “crow castle” because of its black-hued facade, Okayama was built in 1597 in the Azuchi-Momoyama style.
🏰 Osaka Castle - originally constructed in the 1580s. At the time, it was the largest castle in Japan. Its Castle Park are a favorite cherry blossom viewing location in Osaka.
🏰 Hmeji Castle - Also called the Hakuro-jo, or White Heron Castle, for its bright, pristine appearance, Himeji Castle was built early in the 1600s. In 1951, it received the designation of National Treasure, and in 1993, it became the first Japanese castle to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Have you been to Japan? Did you see a castle?