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  • 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...)
  • 15:44, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sannohe Castle (Sannohejō is a Sengoku Period mountaintop castle. The site has some remaining ishigaki (stone ramparts) and impressive dorui (earthen embankments) surrounding the ruins of a gate. The donjon is a 1967 historically inaccurate reconstruction and does no...)
  • 15:43, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ueshi Castle (This is an interesting mountaintop ruin with well defined baileys at the top, two hiking trails, deft use made by natural terrain in the castle layout, including cliff faces and boulders, and ishigaki (stone rampart) remains. This castle was not withou...)
  • 15:42, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsushiro Castle (The castle town of Matsushiro. Matsushiro preserves the atmosphere of an old castle town with its many samurai home districts and temples. It takes at least a whole day to explore this town but most of it can be done on foot. Includes the Shirai-bukeya...)
  • 15:38, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hirosaki Castle (Hirosakijō is an expansive castle with grounds in tact from the Edo Period, creating what is today a huge park divided by moats and dotted with structures, 9 castle structures in total: the tenshukaku (main keep), three yagura (turrets) and five gateh...)
  • 15:36, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsue Castle (Matsuejō is most famous for its stunning tenshukaku (main keep) dating to 1611. The donjon is a bōrōgata fukugōshiki tenshukaku. Bōrōgata means "watch tower form" wherein the castle tower is built like a large residence with skirting roof and gab...)
  • 15:35, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tottori Castle (For people who like castle structures then this castle will disappoint with only one small remaining gate. However, for those who appreciate ishigaki, this mighty ruin is a very rewarding visit. Tottorijō's epic ishigaki (stone ramparts) stand at the...)
  • 15:34, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Goryokaku Fort (Before the fall of the Shogunate the Tokugawa regime made attempts to develop Japan as a modern power, particularly, militarily. This led to the construction of the bastion forts which can be found in Hokkaidō, of which Goryōkaku is the largest, a fi...)
  • 15:30, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Okazaki Castle (Castle keeps sometimes don’t contain the best exhibitions within even though they mostly function as museums, because their main draw relies on spectacle, but Okazakijō is different. It has a glorious collection of models and artefacts. Unfortunatel...)
  • 15:28, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kitanosho Castle (nfortunately they have taken away the model of the tenshu that used to stand here. I took a picture of a picture of it. There is a small museum here. It's free entry. The curator told me the model was made for an NHK program. There are some stone wall...)
  • 15:27, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fukuchiyama Castle (I got a nice panoramic view of this castle by climbing the hill behind the city hall, hokimaru park.)
  • 15:23, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Karasawayama Castle (When I was going through the pictures I had taken of Karasawayamajō I realised that half of them were of cats. The castle belongs to the cats now. Karasawayamajō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) with impressive ishigaki (stone ramparts) remaining....)
  • 15:22, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Minagawa Castle (Minagawajō is made up of many layered concentric terraces roughly in the shape of a kofun (ancient burial mound). In the cover photo you can see about five of these tiers climbing like a staircase up the mountain, although there are at least eight tie...)
  • 15:20, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hikone Castle (When I first came to Hikonejō five years ago with friends we basically just went up to the main keep and down again. The castle made a lasting impression on me and I wanted to go back and explore it fully. I spent 4.5 hours exploring Hikonejō. I woul...)
  • 15:19, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Karasuyama Castle (Karasuyamajō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) with remaining ishigaki (stone rampart) ruins, horikiri (trenches), dorui (earth-piled embankments) and many baileys. We went at morning. The castle was quiet and the climb invigorating. I enjoyed walkin...)
  • 15:18, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nasu Kanda Castle (Nasu-Kandajō is a hirajiro (plainsland) castle consisting of a single rectangular bailey surrounded by dorui (earth-piled ramparts) and a moat. It is currently the site of a small shrine sitting on one of the corner ramparts and the enclosure is fille...)
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