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  • 15:27, 12 August 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fushimi Castle (There are some other buildings that survived, but were moved elsewhere. These are some of them. In the magnificent Sankei-en (三溪園) garden in Yokohama we can find the Gekkaden (月華殿). It's a building from 1603 that was used as a guest house...)
  • 20:15, 5 August 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Uwajima Castle (Visited 22 Nov 16. I don't think my initial expectations were very high, but - as is often the case - this place did a good job of exceeding them. The lush greenery that covers the entire castle hill actually seems to add to the experience, lending t...)
  • 14:43, 5 August 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Mibu Castle (Visit Notes edited '18/8/5 14:41 to remove references of pictures not uploaded.)
  • 20:00, 10 July 2018 Furinkazan (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kinojo (The link to the web site is broken. The only one i found is of the Onishiyama Visitor Center : http://www.city.soja.okayama.jp/bunka/bunka_sport/hakubutu/kinojouzan_vc.html)
  • 20:57, 4 July 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Imabari Castle (Visited 21 Nov 2016. A taxi or bus ride from Imabari Station is probably the best means of getting there, but I ended up hoofing it - about 20-30 minutes one-way. I approached from the west and gradually made my way to the Kurogane-gomon in the north...)
  • 13:11, 4 July 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1678 on Matsumoto Castle
  • 18:32, 30 June 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ako Castle (Visited 20 Nov 2016. I actually have a rather negative view of the 47 Rōnin and their (perhaps undeservedly) glorified vendetta, but my long-standing interest and research into the Akō Incident was enough to detour me towards the former domain of th...)
  • 18:19, 30 June 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Marugame Castle (Visited 19 Nov 2016. Quick stopover on the way back to Okayama from Kōchi. I regret making that visit - not because the castle was disappointing, but because it was so darned awesome that I'm kicking myself for not giving it more time. The city is...)
  • 06:44, 29 June 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kochi Castle (Visited 19 Nov 2016. Long but easy walk from JR Kōchi Station. It's incredible to finally see not just an intact tenshu, but a virtually intact honmaru enclosure (albeit a rather small one) complete with goten and associated structures. The layout...)
  • 12:11, 24 June 2018 221.118.82.86 (talk) posted a new comment on Asuke Castle (Asuke castle is closed on Thursday(except Apr.29-May5 and November) and Dec.25 - Jan.5. Please note Dec.25-Jan5 is closed.)
  • 11:41, 14 June 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oshi Castle (corrected. thanks)
  • 20:54, 13 June 2018 Thany (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oshi Castle (I think the location is pinned slightly off. It's is now in a park. A nice park, but the castle isn't actually there :) The castle is a little bit to the northwest of this park. Google Maps can also find if you just type in "Oshi Castle".)
  • 21:00, 1 June 2018 Kirstieweb (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oka Castle (I have found good info about Oka Castle. It is very nature scenario. Everyone wants to go there for the enjoyment of natural beauty. https://itunessupport.org/)
  • 12:54, 8 May 2018 124.158.20.162 (talk) posted a new comment on Matsumoto Castle (amazing)
  • 21:35, 3 May 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nagoya Castle (Just revisited this place after four years. This is an amazing castle sight and I spent about 5 hours here in total. I will leave some slightly unrelated comments about it here. This is an one of the best castle sites to hunt for koku-in. Ask at the i...)
  • 10:08, 26 April 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kaminoyama Castle (wow, I was lucky to visit just a few months ago then. Thanks for the update!)
  • 09:06, 26 April 2018 Jthaas (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kaminoyama Castle (For information - the roof of this castle is being repaired and the entire structure is covered in scaffolding. There is a full-size screen on the front with a picture of the castle - think of the way Himeji looked for years, but on a much smaller scal...)
  • 21:00, 21 April 2018 219.100.41.234 (talk) posted a new comment on Urado Castle (The site is right next to Katsurahama beach and the Sakamoto Ryouma museum, so it is worth a visit if you are in the area. There isn't much here and it seems quite small, but something about the secluded little hilltop is charming.)
  • 14:40, 20 April 2018 210.149.254.124 (talk) posted a new comment on Fukui Castle (According to a JR leaflet, the newly reconstructed Satoyamaguchi-gomon (里山口御門) opened to the public in March 2018. Inside, there's an exhibition on the history of Fukui Castle.)
  • 12:54, 19 April 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1672 on Shiroishi Castle
  • 00:13, 19 April 2018 122.209.78.242 (talk) posted a new comment on Shiroishi Castle (test)
  • 17:24, 16 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on UserWiki:ART/ARTCastleContributions (+ Iino-Taira Castle lol)
  • 20:58, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Natsukawa Castle (I think they were cleaning up the moat when I came because the mizubori had been turned into a dorobori : 3)
  • 20:57, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Niwase Castle (Many of the waterways surrounding this site were drained when I visited, reduced to a muddy trickle. It was quite interesting.)
  • 20:53, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwakitaira Castle (I've found out there are two surviving relocated gates in Taira from this castle so I'll check them out.)
  • 20:51, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Akashi Castle (I went through Akashi Station recently and they've cleared away some of the clutter on the platform and around the station exit in front of the moat so the area is cleaner now and there is a better view of the castle from the station without obstructin...)
  • 16:45, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Echizen Katsuyama Castle (I edit my earlier comment to say that the original site of the castle located in town appears to be also flatland. Not far from this monster mock reconstruction is a gigantic temple also built by Tada. I wrote a poem about it: In Katsuyama did Tada-s...)
  • 16:39, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Chiba Castle (In 1126 Chiba Tsuneshige built a castle here. However, this is not that castle. In 1455 the Chiba were defeated and the site was abandoned. A new castle was built at Motosakura to replace it, of which today only earthworks remain. So actually Chiba Cit...)
  • 16:38, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takaoka Castle (Takaokajō is a park today. Some ishigaki remain but the most well preserved feature are its network of moats, home to many ducks. I went with a friend and didn’t explore the whole site, but these are my pictures of the moats, baileys and structures...)
  • 16:37, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nishio Castle (There is also a large teahouse and exhibits at a museum in the castle park (which includes yoroi sets and models of the original tenshu). The “Tea Palace,” as I nicknamed it, actually called Kyū-Konoetei, is a must visit in Nishio because the city...)
  • 16:34, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hamamatsu Castle (The hachimaki-style ishigaki walls of Hamamatsujō are of interest. They zig-zag (byobu-ore), and have short inward projecting wall sections (irizumi) and short outward projecting wall sections (dezumi). There is an embedded gate (uzumi-mon) set in the...)
  • 16:33, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwasaki Castle (Remains of an original well and yagura are visible. You can see the well from aerial photos of archaeological digs before the castle was rebuilt, but today it is surrounded by concrete with an ugly gauze over it, so it’s somewhat disappointing. The Y...)
  • 16:30, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kakegawa Castle (Kakegawa Castle's main keep's historically accurate reconstruction from wood in 1994 was applauded by historians. Kakegawajō is that grade of castle that I will recommend castle fans visit no matter where they are based in the country. Kakegawa is loc...)
  • 16:29, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Shiwa Castle (Shiwajō was one of a series of fortified administrative centers built over two centuries in Japan’s classical era to protect the Yamato’s territorial expansion from the Emishi, an ethnically distinct people who inhabited Tōhoku before the medieva...)
  • 16:28, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yamato Koriyama Castle (Yamato-Kōriyamajō is probably Nara City’s closest major castle so you can go if you visit Nara. There is a reconstructed gate and a yagura here which are perched between and on top of beautiful stone walls and encircled by a complicated system of w...)
  • 16:28, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yamato Koriyama Castle (Yamato-Kōriyamajō is probably Nara City’s closest major castle so you can go if you visit Nara. There is a reconstructed gate and a yagura here which are perched between and on top of beautiful stone walls and encircled by a complicated system of w...)
  • 16:19, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Gifu Castle (I arrived at the base of Kinkazan too early to use the ropeway up to the top of the mountain, so I hiked up. Much of the trail is steep rocks and boulders, but the scenery is beautiful and worth the tough climb (and it felt like a climb more than a hik...)
  • 16:19, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Gifu Castle (I arrived at the base of Kinkazan too early to use the ropeway up to the top of the mountain, so I hiked up. Much of the trail is steep rocks and boulders, but the scenery is beautiful and worth the tough climb (and it felt like a climb more than a hik...)
  • 16:16, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Gifu Castle (I arrived at the base of Kinkazan too early to use the ropeway up to the top of the mountain, so I hiked up. Much of the trail is steep rocks and boulders, but the scenery is beautiful and worth the tough climb (and it felt like a climb more than a hik...)
  • 16:07, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ogaki Castle (One can find many pictures of Ōgakijō as it was originally built by Ichiyanagi Naosue under instructions from Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1588. Unfortunately, the original wooden structure, known for its four tiers of thickly plastered white walls, was des...)
  • 16:03, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hiroshima Castle (The structures you see here - drum tower, single storey turret and gate - have been reconstructed faithful to their historical architecture, unlike the mainkeep, which is concrete. The ramparts of the honmaru (main bailey) at this castle are staggered...)
  • 16:00, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Mihara Castle (Much of the castle has been built over and the honmaru is now the site of Mihara Station. Parts of the ishigaki (ramparts) run under the track.The tenshudai can be accessed via the train station between 6am and 10pm. I found a moat segment with ishigak...)
  • 15:58, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kamei Castle (I really enjoyed this site. It was well kept, well signposted, and had plenty of ishigaki (stone ramparts) and baileys to explore. But the icing on this cake was the sakura petals blanketing everywhere, including the castle walls, like so much pink sno...)
  • 15:57, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Innoshima Suigun castle (The structures are all mock reconstructions. The museum, though small, housed in the faux palatial structure, was engaging however and i learned a lot about the Murakami Clan and their castles and naval history. Thank's to Furinkazan's description on t...)
  • 15:55, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Edo Castle (When I was looking around Edo Castle (Tokyo Imperial Palace), I noticed a Manji carved into one of the corner stones of a yaguradai (turret platform). I was so pleased with my discovery that I immediately pointed it out to a frenchman who was taking ph...)
  • 15:52, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hachinohe Castle (My notes overlap with Eric's but I share them anyway... Usually if there are two castles in a town then the older Sengoku Period one is nothing but overlooked ruins. However, in Hachinohe's case the vast Sengoku Period castle site, Nejō, has been fai...)
  • 15:49, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takada Castle (Niigata) (The Shogunate ordered Takadajō constructed in 1614. As such, local lords had to help build it - 13 in all, including Uesugi Kagekatsu, Lord of Yonezawajō, and Maeda Toshitsune, Lord of Kanazawajō, probably because, as well as being somewhat nearby,...)
  • 15:48, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yonago Castle (Yonagojō is a great castle site with lots of ishigaki (stone ramparts) to inspect, including nobori-ishigaki, ramparts which climb the mountain slope. The ishigaki cladding the Honmaru (main bailey) at the top of the mountain is particularly impressiv...)
  • 15:46, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsumae Castle (y concerns that Matsumaejō would not justify the difficulty in reaching this out-of-the-way part of Hokkaidō proved completely unfounded. Matsumaejō is a small but interesting site with ishigaki (stone ramparts) and several structures and baileys. T...)
  • 15:45, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ne Castle (Nejō is a reconstructed Muromachi Period castle. There are no other castles so extensively restored from this time period, making Nejō unique. Archaeological digs in the 1980s allowed experts to bring the site back to life and in 1994 it was reconstr...)
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