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The tourist value of Japanese castles

There are many castles that must be visited throughout Japan. There are many castles built from ancient to modern times. We can learn about their appearance, structure, layout, and even their profound historical stories, so as to learn more about the past. How many of these beautiful castles in Japan have you been to?

Himeji Castle is located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is also named a World Cultural Heritage and is known as “Japan’s №1 City”. The eaves of Himeji Castle spread its wings gracefully like an egret, so it is affectionately called “Egret Castle”.

Designed and manufactured by the military commander Kiyomasa Kato in 1607, Kumamoto Castle is one of the three famous cities in Japan. The Tianshou area has a war preparation design called “Warrior Back”. The unique Ishigaki can’t even climb on the ninja.

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Matsumoto Castle is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. It was rebuilt from Shenzhi City in the Warring States Period, so it is also called Shenzhi City. The pitch-black outer wall is set against the white Hida Mountain Range, and the contrast of black and white highlights the beauty of Matsumoto Castle.

Nijo Castle Witnesses Japanese History

The construction of Nijo Castle for 400 has witnessed major events in Japanese history. Nijo Castle was built in 1603 under the order of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Edo Shogunate (1603–1867) and the first general. After the long Sengoku period, Ieyasu Tokugawa unified Japan and led Japan into an era of peace and prosperity that lasted 260 years. Osaka Castle is located in Osaka Castle Park. It is also known as the three most famous cities in Japanese history along with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle.

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The original Osaka Castle was first built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi on the site of the Honganji Temple in Osaka Castle in 1583. It has a history of more than 400 years.

Famous Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle, as one of the best traditional castles in Japan, has been designated as a special national historic site and has the same value as a national treasure. The 鸱鸱 kisses on the two ends of the roof ridge, the golden 鯱, is said to be the largest building area in history, the magnificent Honmaru Palace, the empty Ninomaru Garden, etc. The buildings of Nagoya Castle all show the Tokugawa family The strong strength.

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The castle tower in Hikone Castle has a history of more than 400 years. The three-story structure is characterized by the beautiful coordination of white plaster and wall skirts. It was once surrounded by a triple moat, but now it is surrounded by a double moat.

Construction of Songjiang Castle began in 1607 and was completed in 1611. It was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s subordinate Yoshiharu Horio. The present Matsue Castle is one of only 12 ancient cities in Japan, the second largest, third tallest, and sixth oldest among all the ancient cities in Japan.

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Hirosaki Castle is part of the castle tower and Hirosaki Park. It was planned and constructed after Tsugaru Weixin completed the unification of the Tsugaru area in 1603 AD. The current castle tower is a three-story building rebuilt in 1810, and today it serves as the Hirosaki Castle Historical Museum that exhibits historical relics from the Tsugaru Somasa period.

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