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Japan's Top Castles

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Gathering together the castles that make up a famous Japanese list—the Top 100 Castles, or Hyakumeijo—by the Japanese Castle Foundation. (Note: we are slowly working to feature all one hundred spots here).

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Kanazawa Castle Park

Kanazawa Castle Park

Anna van Dyk

Kanazawa Castle and Castle Gardens are a gem in the city's sights. Although the original buildings may no longer exist, their..

Ishikawa
Matsumae Castle

Matsumae Castle

Mandy Bartok

Matsumae Castle was the northernmost Japanese castle in the Edo Period and the only one to be constructed on Hokkaido.

Hokkaido
The Castles of Nagoya

The Castles of Nagoya

Daniel Vesey

When visiting Nagoya there are two castles that you need to check out. The obvious one is the majestic Nagoya Castle but Iwasa..

Aichi 2
Wakayama Castle

Wakayama Castle

Mandy Bartok

Wakayama Castle was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's stronghold on the Kii Peninsula and despite its reconstructed keep, it's stil..

Wakayama 1
Shimabara Castle

Shimabara Castle

Mandy Bartok

Learn about the Shimabara peninsula's revolutionary ties to Christianity at the museum in the main keep of Shimabara Castle.

Nagasaki
Re-building Kofu Castle

Re-building Kofu Castle

Cathy Cawood

Although Kofu Castle was a ruin, authentic replicas of one of the towers and one of the gates have been built by referring to 16th..

Yamanashi 1
Hirado Castle

Hirado Castle

Mandy Bartok

Hirado castle, a modern reconstruction with 300 year old gates, stands on a hill high above the port of Hirado, where old European..

Nagasaki 1
Saga Castle

Saga Castle

Bradford Pomeroy

Saga Castle is a unique, lowland style castle located in the heart of Saga-shi, formerly the Hizen Domain.

Saga
Yoshinogari Koen, Saga

Yoshinogari Koen, Saga

Georgina Young

One of the oldest historical sites in Japan, an ancient Yayoi period village and its culture comes alive at Yoshinogari Histor..

Saga 2
Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle

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Matsue is a traditional castle town, with one of only twelve original remaining castles nationwide as its foremost symbol.

Shimane 1
Marugame Castle

Marugame Castle

Bryan Baier

An authentic 17th century castle in the heart of Marugame City. The massive 50m tall stone walls are entirely manmade and are the..

Kagawa
Takato Castle Ruins Park

Takato Castle Ruins Park

Bryan Baier

A park with more than 1500 pink sakura trees where Takato Castle once stood. It's on the list of 100 best sakura viewing locations..

Nagano 1
Matsusaka Castle Ruins

Matsusaka Castle Ruins

Chris Glenn

A trip to Matsusaka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the impressive remains of the castle and it’s famed samurai barrac..

Mie
Okazaki Castle

Okazaki Castle

Chris Glenn

Okazaki Castle is the symbol of the city. Originally built in 1455 by the warrior Saigo Tsugiyori, the castle grounds are now a..

Aichi 1
Spectacular Views at Matsuyama Castle

Spectacular Views at Matsuyama Castle

JapanTravel Guest

Matsuyama Castle stands on a significant hill right in the middle of town, offering spectacular views of the city, mountains and..

Ehime
Imabari Castle by Day

Imabari Castle by Day

JapanTravel Guest

Imabari Castle is one of the obvious landmarks of the city of Imabari. It’s a very pretty castle, surrounded by a square moat ..

Ehime
Iga Ueno Castle

Iga Ueno Castle

Chris Glenn

Most foreign tourists head to the north western Mie Prefecture town to see the ninja, without even realizing the city of Iga Ueno..

Mie
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