Visiting a castle is always a great opportunity for you to learn more about culture and history. There are many countries that home such kind of great structures and Japan is one of them. Even if the castles in Japan don’t fit the Western concept of an ancient citadel and they look extremely different from the castles in Europe, they were built for the same reasons. Japan Castles began to appear in the 15th century in the Land of the Rising, when the country was dissolving into warring states. They served as places of governance and as homes for daimyo and feudal lords. These castles of stone and wood are great places to visit and offer you a rare glimpse of Japan’s feudal past.
1. Matsumoto Castle
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This impressive castle is placed in a mountainous region, to the northwest of Tokyo. This castle is set on a structure of stone that is surrounded by a large moat. Its construction was finished in 1590, and it has a great design with multistory trimmed in black. Throughout the years, this fortress gained the nickname Crow Castle. Matsumoto castle is the oldest castle in Japan and offers great views of the Hijiri Kogen Mountains.
2. Hikone Castle
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This castle offers visitors a great view into how Japan’s castles looked like during their domination. Until now, the beautiful gardens, guard hoses and gates have been carefully maintained. The Hikone complex homes materials and structures collected from other castles in the country. Its construction lasted 20 years and in 1622 the Hikone Castle was completed. Nearby the hilltop castle you can find the Hikone Castle Museum, where you can see dynasty treasures, such as musical instruments and armors.
3. Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle is considered the most impressive and the most beautiful of extant feudal-era castles in Japan. You can find this castle in west of Kobe, the capital of the Hyogo Prefecture. The fortress is also known as the White Heron Castle, due to the castle’s white-plastered towers, which look like a snowy egret in flight. Himeji Castle was built in 1601 on the site of an earlier castle and is a six-story structure which is visible from Himeji City. Himeji Castle was featured in several movies, such as the “The Last Samurai”, with Tom Cruise, and the James Bond adventure movie “You Only Live Twice”.
Japan Castles are always a great choice to visit during your vacation in this country. Which is your favorite castle?