Japanese Castles

I'm fascinated by Japanese history and the hundreds of castles are a big part of it. Many castles have been destroyed by fire, war, or disasters and are in ruins, and quite a few have been reconstructed.  There are twelve original castles: Himeji, Matsuyama, Matsumoto, Hikone, Matsue, Hirosaki, Bitchu Matsuyama, Inuyama, Kochi, Maruoka, Uwajima, and, Marugame.


Check out these links to see posts about Japanese Castles I've visited. I've listed the name of the castle and the prefecture.  In the case of Shuri-jo and Takamatsu, I also listed the date of the trip because I visited more than once. 

Fukuoka Castle Ruins, Fukuoka

Gifu Castle, Gifu 

Kakegawa Castle, Shizuoka 

Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

Marugame Castle, Kagawa 

Matsuyama Castle, Ehime 

Nagoya Castle, Aichi

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa 

Nijo Castle, Kyoto 

Shimabara Castle, Nagasaki

Shuri-jo, Naha, Okinawa (March 2015)

Shuri-jo, Naha, Okinawa (January 2015)

Shuri-jo, Naha, Okinawa (January 2013) 

Sumpu Castle Park, Shizuoka

Takamatsu Castle Ruins, Kagawa (March 2016)

Takamatsu Castle Ruins, Kagawa (May 2016)

Tsurumaru Castle Ruins, Kagoshima

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