12 Castle Visits
- Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Visited on 6 September 2016. Very difficult castle to get to but worth the effort if you want to visit a very well preserved and terrific specimen of a Japanese castle. However disappointed that the city of Takahashi did not do more to promote the castle. As a typical tourist it was comparatively hard to find a route to and from the castle. Also, as a typical tourist, I was looking out for typical tourist traps like souvenirs from where I could fish for memories of my hard trek. There isn't any remotely near the castle or even in the town below. In fact there isn't even a decent rest stop on the journey up to or down from the castle where one can catch a refresher, not even in the town below. Maybe that is a good thing as it preserves the overall integrity of the site but I couldn't help wanting more of a reason to stay longer than I did.
- Himeji Castle
Visited in 2009 and re-visited on 8 September 2016. this is the premier castle in Japan and it is a must-go for all Japanese castle enthusiast. To say it is a magnificent specimen of a Japanese castle is to do it a gross injustice. Its beautiful, original and both the castle and the castle grounds exhibit all the charms one comes to expect from the culture and history that is Japan. A cannot-miss castle.
- Hiroshima Castle
Visited on 4 September 2016. Castle itself was a bit disappointing but the grounds are nice.
- Inuyama Castle
Visited on 9 October 2015. Small castle but one of the best I visited. Its original, small, intimate and sits magnificently atop a hill that overlooks the town and the river. I absolutely loved this castle.
- Kanazawa Castle
Visited on 13 October 2015. Intending to visit the next-door gardens but spent some time in the castle grounds and explored the magnificent stone walls that still stand today. There still remain some original buildings but the castle itself is slowly being rebuilt.
- Kumamoto Castle
Visited on 15 December 2014 and again on 21 December 2014. Excellent castle with imposing castle grounds. This has to rank among the best castles I have visited and will visit again.
- Matsumoto Castle
Visited on 14 October 2015. A magnificent specimen of a castle. I loved the interior of the castle and the views from atop the castle. From across the moat the castle looks beautiful and aside from Himeji, this has to be the next great site to visit for Japanese castle enthusiast looking for original specimens of the species.
- Nagoya Castle
Visited on 8 October 2015. A reconstructed castle that sits on very beautiful grounds. The history exhibited in the castle makes this a worthwhile visit.
- Okayama Castle
Visited on 7 September 2016. Reconstructed Castle but majestic.
- Osaka Castle
Visited on 10 September 2016. More of a modern museum built in the shape of a castle than a castle. Grounds are more impressive than the castle itself. Crowd ruin the experience.
- Takayama Castle
Visited on 16 October 2015. Really just a few stones and a few steps. There is no castle but just a few ruins in a park.
- Wakayama Castle
Visited on 9 September 2016. Visited too late in the day to fully take the time to appreciate the castle or walk along the reconstructed covered bridge. Nonetheless worth a re-visit.