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  • 18:48, 29 November 2019 83.18.230.217 (talk) posted a new comment on Kashiwara Castle (sorry , now i see the map)
  • 17:19, 29 November 2019 83.18.230.217 (talk) posted a new comment on Kashiwara Castle (nice, but where is on google map ?)
  • 18:09, 24 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurume Castle (Thanks! That's a great photo you. You da' man !)
  • 20:09, 16 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurume Castle (Ah, I edited it to Akizuki. Level up!)
  • 20:03, 16 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurume Castle ((one of the pictures for Tashiro-bukeyashiki in Akizuki has crept in at the end here))
  • 22:05, 13 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwadono Castle (Interesting. I was just there in January after the trail was reopened again. I wonder if it was closed from a recent typhoon again? I've got great pics I'll be uploading... soonish.)
  • 12:46, 11 November 2019 126.200.123.211 (talk) posted a new comment on Iwadono Castle (Attempted the hike but it looks like the route from the visitor center is closed. Have to take alternate paths from other sides of the mountain.)
  • 00:46, 11 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1781 on Motosu Castle
  • 00:46, 11 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1782 on Motosu Castle
  • 12:40, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yoshinogari (Bloody brilliant. This is perhaps one of the largest reconstruction efforts in the country. I recommend spending the whole day here.)
  • 12:38, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kokura Castle (A major site. Some very curious castle-inspired structures can be found around here too. The keep is historically inaccurate but they inform visitors about this in the museum. The worst thing about this castle is its ugly, intrusive neighbours, great b...)
  • 12:35, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwaya Castle (There's some features of a Sengoku Period yamajiro as you would expect but not too many. But it's really great if you come here for the view of Dazaifu!)
  • 12:34, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ono Castle (Chikuzen-Ohno Castle is the foremost of its kind and impossibly vast with fantastical, climbing, undulating, valley-spanning ishigaki in parts. KODAI YAMAJIRO - they're a thing! haha. Especially in Kyushu. Another example on this site is Yashima Castle.)
  • 12:32, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tsukikuma Castle (Decent site, and very mysterious with all those caves. You can see lots of different ishigaki methods here in a very small area. The tenshudai collapsed in an earthquake in recent times but has been restored; the stones on one side appear newer. The ca...)
  • 12:30, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Saga Castle (I enjoyed this site and thought highly of the restorations. It's just a shame so much had to be restored in the first place. Even though I wouldn't mind paying, entry into the honmaru goten is free. I even got a free tour in (passable) English.)
  • 12:29, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fukuoka Castle (Somewhat underrated, I felt this castle had much to offer in terms of structures, ishigaki, and nawabari. Unfortunately I was restricted access from the tenshudai.)
  • 12:28, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Akizuki Castle (I rate this site highly for the castle town, bukeyashiki and quaint ruins.)
  • 12:26, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurume Castle (Added Sakamoto-bukeyashiki)
  • 12:25, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Akizuki Castle (Added the Tashiro-bukeyashiki and the Hisano-bukeyashiki.)
  • 12:23, 10 November 2019 126.200.123.211 (talk) posted a new comment on Shinpu Castle (Writing from atop the bailey walls! What a spot! Great writeup.)
  • 09:12, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on 41 new castle profiles from ART (It's been lots of fun!!!)
  • 08:53, 10 November 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Amagasaki Castle (i have generously revised my score to a 2 after revisiting to see the new tower. some of the displays were interesting.)
  • 18:27, 3 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1182 on Kamei Castle
  • 18:27, 3 November 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1183 on Kamei Castle
  • 09:24, 10 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurosawa Residence (Shame it's not still at the castle really. By the way, I'm not saying it should be, because it's a relocated home, but just in case you intended for it to be, Kubota Castle isn't on the map of castles with bukeyashiki. Also, have you been to the reco...)
  • 09:17, 10 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hakusan Castle (Harima) (I feel obliged to return here and uncover some actual remains. Not a bad idea since, as I said, the temple Engyouji is really great.)
  • 12:13, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ogimachi Castle (I'll totally inflate its score for the view, like ^o^)
  • 12:11, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nagoya Castle (Updated my rating to a 5 with the reconstructed go'ten now complete ^ ^")
  • 12:03, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsue Buke Yashiki (Was being renovated when I visited > <)
  • 12:02, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Arikoyama Castle (I think one of your pinpoints has gone awry, placing the honmaru in the river!)
  • 12:00, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsusaka Gojoban Yashiki (The terraced (nagaya) bukeyashiki at Matsusaka Castle. These rowhouses each have their own projecting genkan and backspaces, so they're very splendid and cosy.)
  • 11:53, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oya Residence (Too bad it's not open to us plebs.)
  • 11:52, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nomura Residence (It seems to have been significantly augmented over time.)
  • 11:50, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tajima Residence (但馬武家屋敷 [佐倉] Tajima-Bukeyashiki (Sakura) One of three samurai residences located in Sakura City, Tajima-Bukeyashiki was built some point between 1821 and 1837. The house is built roughly in a right-angled shape with the entrance...)
  • 11:48, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takei Residence (武居武家屋敷 [佐倉] Takei-Bukeyashiki (Sakura) One of three samurai houses in Sakura City, the Takei-Bukeyashiki has copper plating on the roof to preserve the old thatched roof beneath. Tools and articles relating to the families dai...)
  • 11:44, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kawara Residence (河原武家屋敷 [佐倉] Kawara-Bukeyashiki (Sakura) This samurai house is one of three standing in a row along a road leading to Sakura Castle in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture. The road is lined on both sides with dorui (earthen embankment...)
  • 11:33, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sanada Residence (真田邸・新御殿 [松代] Sanada-tei / Shingoten (Matsushiro) The Palace of the Sanada was built in 1864 by Sanada Yukinori, 9th Lord of Matsushiro Domain. This is how Daimyō lived during the Edo Period. Known today as Sanada-tei, the Sanad...)
  • 11:31, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yokota Residence (横田武家屋敷 [松代] Yokota-Bukeyashiki (Matsushiro) This samurai residence, built in 1800, belonged to a mid-ranking retainer of the Matsushiro Domain. Several structures are preserved here, including a main gate, main residence, and earth...)
  • 11:30, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Maejima Residence (前島武家屋敷 [松代] Maejima-bukeyashiki (Matsushiro) This is the home of a mid-ranking samurai family, the Maejima of Matsushiro Domain. The structures include a front gate, a store house and a main residential building built in 1759. There...)
  • 11:29, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Higuchi Residence (This is the residence of a high-ranking bushi family, the Higuchi of Matsushiro Domain, dating to 1765. The main residence, storehouse, and earthen walls remain from the Edo Period, whilst other structures have been reconstructed. The main gate was rel...)
  • 11:26, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsushiro Castle (The castle we see today was built by Sanada Nobuyuki in 1622. An earlier castle, called Kaizujō, had been built on this site by Takeda Shingen in 1560 as part of his campaign to conquer Shinano Province from Uesugi Kenshin. Sanada Yukimichi, the 3rd S...)
  • 11:23, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tayama Katai Residence (Missed this one > <)
  • 11:19, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Shibata Ashigaru Nagaya (足軽長屋 [新発田] Ashigaru-Nagaya (Shibata) I’m sure samurai fans are familiar with Ashigaru. Nagaya means “row house,” individual tenements sharing inside walls under a single roof. This Nagaya for Ashigaru dates to the early 180...)
  • 11:17, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ishiguro Residence (Open when I visited! 石黒武家屋敷 [新発田] Ishiguro-Bukeyashiki (Shibata) This is a mid-ranking samurai’s home from the Late Edo Period. Its patriarch is listed in the Shibata Book of Heraldry as Ishiguro Monzaburō. He earned 70...)
  • 11:15, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fujii Residence (Fujii-bukeyashiki: 1850 The Fujii family lived here at the end of the Edo Period.)
  • 11:13, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwama Residence (Thank you for the information about the Iwama family; I didn't know that; I'll correct my notes.)
  • 11:12, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takaoka Residence (Takaoka-Bukeyashiki is a samurai home dating to 1858. I visited five samurai residences in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture. Three of them, including the Takaoka residence, are located in Maizuru Park.)
  • 11:11, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Narita Residence (Narita-Bukeyashiki is a late Edo Period samurai house in Murakami, it belonged to the Narita family. I wasn’t able to enter inside this one as it was closed that day for some reason. However, the samurai armour was on display through a glass window.)
  • 11:10, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Wakabayashi Residence (若林武家屋敷 [村上] Wakabayashi-Bukeyashiki (Murakami) The Wakabayashi-Bukeyashiki in Murakami is a middle-class samurai home built in 1787. The patriarch earned 150石. The hanging fish over the veranda are a local speciality. The gu...)
  • 11:00, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kaminoyama Castle (When I visited Kaminoyama I had a lot of fun visiting the samurai homes, but the weather was not clement. I'd like to go back under better atmospheric auspices. Also, with some more knowledge and a better camera too. I went to Kaminoyama in 2016, and o...)
  • 11:00, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yamada Residence (Yamada House (山田家), built in 1804, is the most heavily modified of the remaining samurai homes. It is still lived in and not open to the public but sometimes tours of the garden are permitted.)
  • 10:59, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Morimoto Residence (Morimoto House (森本家), built in the 18th century. The Morimoto family moved into the house in the Bakumatsu Period, and the patriarch served as a secretary and tutor, also accompanying his lord on Sankin-Kōtai duty (Edo Period system of dual resi...)
  • 10:58, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Miwa Residence (Miwa House (三輪浴家), built 1804, belonged to a family of vassals responsible for managing the household of their lord. I liked the street-facing wall and garden features of this home. The verandas now have glass installed.)
  • 10:57, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sokabe Residence (Sokabe House (曽我部家), built in 1708, this house is the best preserved. I observed some of the walls visibly slanting on the inside, which gave the impression of great age. The garden features a hillock with stone picnic table and a goldfish pond.)
  • 10:55, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Koseki Residence (Nice neighbourhood!)
  • 10:52, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Doai Ohnuma Residence (金ヶ崎城下町土合大沼武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎] Doai-Ōnuma-bukeyashiki (Kanegasaki) There are two former samurai houses in Kanegasaki which belonged to families called Ōnuma. This is the Doai-Ōnuma-bukeyashiki. Doai is the name of the ne...)
  • 10:50, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Katahira Ohnuma Residence (5 stars for the three-legged cat... 金ヶ崎城下町片平大沼武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎] Katahira-Ōnuma-bukeyashiki (Kanegasaki) This is one of the best preserved samurai houses in the castle town of Kanegasaki. The two adjoined structures c...)
  • 10:48, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takahashi Residence (たかはし屋敷・白糸町並交流館 [金ヶ崎] Takahashi House (Kanegasaki) This old house is located close to Kanegasaki Castle, indicating a degree of status. The thatched roof is now covered with metal sheeting and encased with plaster f...)
  • 10:47, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sakamoto Residence (金ヶ崎城下町坂本武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎] Sakamoto-bukeyashiki (Kanegasaki) The Sakamoto Samurai House opened to the public in Kanegasaki is one of the town's better preserved specimens with a thatched roof, although glass has been installed...)
  • 10:46, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ito Residence (This samurai home in Kanegasaki Castle town is now a restaurant. When we came lunch had just finished but they let us inside anyway to look around and we even got a mini-tour. The lady who runs it was saying what trouble they went to preserve a traditi...)
  • 10:45, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ohmatsuzawa Residence (This former samurai home, which belonged to the Ōmatsuzawa Family, is now a restaurant. It has been refurbished over the years so that now it no longer retains its traditional exterior form, although the interior is more traditional. At least we can s...)
  • 10:43, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) (金ヶ崎城下町武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎町] Samurai Homes of Kanegasaki, Misc. (Kanegasaki) Kanegasaki Castle Town has many remaining samurai homes. There are at least fourteen, by my counting, sites in Kanegasaki where structures remain. Six of...)
  • 10:38, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) (金ヶ崎城下町武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎町] Samurai Homes of Kanegasaki, Misc. (Kanegasaki) Kanegasaki Castle Town has many remaining samurai homes. There are at least fourteen, by my counting, sites in Kanegasaki where structures remain. Six of...)
  • 10:37, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) (金ヶ崎城下町武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎町] Samurai Homes of Kanegasaki, Misc. (Kanegasaki) Kanegasaki Castle Town has many remaining samurai homes. There are at least fourteen, by my counting, sites in Kanegasaki where structures remain. Six of...)
  • 10:36, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) (金ヶ崎城下町武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎町] Samurai Homes of Kanegasaki, Misc. (Kanegasaki) Kanegasaki Castle Town has many remaining samurai homes. There are at least fourteen, by my counting, sites in Kanegasaki where structures remain. Six of...)
  • 08:59, 9 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hyakusaiji Castle (606 seems a little early and the legend surrounding the Prince personally founding the temple is probably just that, although wikipedia notes that the temple's name - Baekje, does suggest a link with the Koreans who settled in Japan following their def...)
  • 18:47, 6 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Motosu Castle (Please delete this crass comment ^ ^)
  • 18:44, 6 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Motosu Castle (Did you do a Logan Paul for the lols ^ . ^)
  • 18:42, 6 October 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Mukaihaguroyama Castle (And on the map there, those different colours aren't baileys, but GROUPS of baileys? wow!)
  • 20:33, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oohara Castle (Nearby Hodarakujijou has a similar (but more deformed) layout.)
  • 20:32, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kuwana Castle (My second visit to Kuwana Castle proved much more fruitful than my first. Initially I had only had chance to see the reconstructed yagura (turret) around sunset. This time I was able to enter said turret and then proceed to the castle's inner baileys....)
  • 20:27, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Gujo Hachiman Castle (Gujō-Hachimanjō is a fantastic castle site. For me its most interesting features are the extensive ishigaki (stone ramparts) and the old fashioned castle town at its base. Of course there are reconstructed buildings. The tenshu (main keep) at Hachima...)
  • 20:25, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ori Castle (Ori Castle's most memorable feature is for me clear: the large boulder forming a corner part of the tenshudai (donjon platform). I had never seen that before and I found it remarkable. The castle mount is littered with such large boulders. Another inte...)
  • 20:22, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Torigoe Castle (When I first came up to the castle it was still raining. Eventually it died down and the whole castle became enveloped in a thick mist. It was like getting lost in a cloud. Torigoejō has four principle baileys: the honmaru (main bailey), nakanomaru (m...)
  • 20:20, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Futoge Castle (I don't rate the Ikkou ikki museum: over-priced and shows little. Advise skipping it. Sat and watched an amateurish video because I felt I had to justify the cost of entry. Got bored. Regret. Castle's good though! There's a little bit of ishigaki left...)
  • 20:16, 24 September 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Saiki Castle (I'm thinking about Kyushu trip next month *shock!* Just comparing this page with Kyushu Dan's site. Looks like those stairs lead to the tenshudai, rather than just honmaru. Also the gate here is fairly substantial - a yaguramon - original too.)
  • 20:46, 14 September 2019 14.2.159.103 (talk) posted a new comment on Samurai Residences (Very interesting and well written Thank you)
  • 10:06, 5 September 2019 122.250.9.5 (talk) posted a new comment on Iwakuni Castle (Visited in Summer 2019 When you first arrive at Iwakuni Castle, you are met by a marvelous bridge. I know that Kintaikyo bridge looks nice in photos, but the scale of the bridge is something that can only be understood in person. The town below the cas...)
  • 04:40, 21 August 2019 74.15.63.172 (talk) posted a new comment on Edo Castle (i think that the information about the founder is wrong and it should be ota dokan but other than that the information was good)
  • 09:40, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Masujima Castle (Masujimajō (Hida) 増島城 [飛騨] Masujimajō is apparently the only hirajiro (flatland castle) in Hida Province (the northern mountainous part of modern Gifu Prefecture). It is located on the grounds of a school and retains a a portion of...)
  • 09:38, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takayama Jin'ya (Takayama-jin'ya is one of the best preserved Jin'ya in the country, although about half of the structures are reconstructions built in 1996. Its interconnected halls and structures contain living spaces and offices for Bakufu officials. The impressive...)
  • 08:59, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takayama Castle (Takayamajō (Takayama) 高山城 [高山] Takayamajō has a jutting portion of ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) still intact on the honmaru (main bailey). Formerly a great castellated palace dominated the mountain clad with ishigaki, but now on...)
  • 08:59, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takayama Castle (oh, I'll add a picture here too : D)
  • 08:57, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kamioka Castle (Higashimachijō / Kamiokajō (Kamioka) 東町城・神岡城 [神岡] The original castle, known as Higashimachijō, probably because it is to the east of the river in Kamioka town (formerly this may have been called Takahara town), was a smal...)
  • 08:18, 6 July 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsukura Castle (Thanks! I'll edit this notes later too. not sure when or by whom those were added. It's a transfer from the old site.)
  • 08:16, 6 July 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hida Kojima Castle (sulking bears would be a sad sight at any castle!)
  • 08:13, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsukura Castle (Matsukurajō (Takayama) 松倉城 [高山] Matsukurajō is a mountaintop castle in old Hida Province, located in the mountains surrounding Takayama. There are several castles in the area but Matsukurajō has the most ishigaki (stone-piled rampa...)
  • 08:12, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Matsukura Castle (Edit: gave this profile a history.)
  • 08:09, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hida Kojima Castle (Fixed a typo: bears are skulking not sulking : 3)
  • 08:03, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Asahi Castle (Thought I'd try something different for the cover picture here. I'll upload another one of the bailey.)
  • 08:01, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nakahara Yakata (Picture shows embankment line obscurred under trees.)
  • 08:00, 6 July 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Imai Jin'ya (Sorry, I should say this picture is of the temple on "jin'ya road". No traces of the actual jin'ya remain.)
  • 17:58, 30 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tanba Kameyama Castle (Haha, now I know your story about Tanba Kameyama Castle. Indeed, how rude of people to really build anything we can get into on castle sites !!)
  • 19:50, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Aoyagi Castle (In addition to Aoyagijō, the village beneath the castle, Aoyagi-juku, served as a post town on a subroute coming off the Nakasendō highway (from Seba-juku) heading toward Zenkōji, an important pilgrimage site in modern day Nagano City. This shukuba...)
  • 19:46, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Asuke Castle (Asukejō / Mayumiyamajō / Asuke-Matsuyamajō (Toyota) 足助城・真弓山城・足助松山城 [豊田] Asukejō is one of a handful of largely restored Sengoku Period castles, making it a valuable site. In addition to remaining earthworks,...)
  • 19:45, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tsumago Castle (Tsumagojō (Tsumago-juku) 妻籠城 [妻籠宿] Tsumago Castle is a ruin located on a hillside overlooking Tsumago-juku, a famous post-town along the Nakasendō (Interior Trunk Road). The castle has some identifiable features such as horikiri (...)
  • 19:43, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takato Castle (Takatōjō / Kabutoyamajō (Ina) 高遠城・兜山城 [伊那] Takatoh Castle is a historic park and castle ruin located in Ina City (in the former Takatoh Town area). It has large, deep karabori (dry moats) and many baileys, as well as extant...)
  • 18:03, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takashima Castle (I visited relocated structures from Takashimajō now at Onsenji, a nearby temple. A relocated gate from the castle is used as the temple's sanmon (main gate), and is particularly at home in its new location because the temple sits on a terrace on the h...)
  • 18:01, 29 June 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Inuyama Castle (I was going to post some pictures but when I clicked the "upload" button on the photo contribution page nothing happened. Probably a problem my end. Anyway for now I'll just comment. * The Many Gates of Inuyamajō  犬山城門 So I went on a mission...)
  • 21:09, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1746 on Matsumoto Castle
  • 21:09, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1745 on Matsumoto Castle
  • 21:09, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1744 on Matsumoto Castle
  • 21:07, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1655 on Gifu Castle
  • 21:07, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1654 on Gifu Castle
  • 21:06, 26 June 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1749 on Gifu Castle
  • 10:30, 24 June 2019 153.107.193.206 (talk) posted a new comment on Gifu Castle (ART wow you said the same thing 3 times)
  • 22:29, 22 June 2019 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yodo Castle (These might be two useless details to some castle fans, but let me just share them anyway for the sake of completeness. In the garden of Rinshō-in (麟祥院), a subtemple of Myōshin-ji in Kyoto, there is a shachihoko ornament. It is said to be a r...)
  • 22:27, 22 June 2019 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fushimi Castle (I keep stumbling onto Fushimi-jō-related places in Kyoto (and elsewhere). I guess there should be a website somewhere with a complete overview, but it's kinda exciting to keep bumping into them by chance, so I don't really feel like searching for it....)
  • 14:14, 11 June 2019 27.111.71.132 (talk) posted a new comment on Matsumoto Castle (why did you go to Japan it's a shit place)
  • 14:13, 11 June 2019 27.111.71.132 (talk) posted a new comment on Matsumoto Castle (wrong you idoit)
  • 14:13, 11 June 2019 27.111.71.132 (talk) posted a new comment on Matsumoto Castle (thats weird)
  • 06:33, 13 May 2019 191.178.181.123 (talk) posted a new comment on Ushiku Castle (Akai Teruko (Myojin) castle)
  • 06:42, 29 April 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1742 on Osaka Castle
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  • 09:57, 28 April 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Osaka Castle (test osaka)
  • 09:50, 28 April 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Akashi Castle (test comments)
  • 17:38, 25 April 2019 109.155.150.29 (talk) posted a new comment on Fukuyama Castle (Good views from the Shinkansen station as you say, but they get even better during the golden hour, that final hour or so before sunset, the turrets and castle all lit up in that golden sunlight. Malcolm)
  • 18:07, 10 April 2019 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yokota Residence (Sadly I wasn't able to go here. The place is closed until 2021 for renovations to make it earthquake-resistance.)
  • 21:40, 7 April 2019 61.199.190.5 (talk) posted a new comment on Osaka Castle (I revisited Osakajô today. The last time was in 2010. I din't had the 100 meijô stamp. Today(7th april 2019) was a perfect day since the sakura were in full bloom and the Otemonyagura, Sengan yagura and stone gunpowder store were open like Chris Gle...)
  • 00:31, 6 April 2019 184.153.249.243 (talk) posted a new comment on Matsumoto Castle (I lived in Tokyo and never got particularly farther West than Kyoto and Nara. I must have visited Matsumotojo during the off-season. Regardless, while Matsumotojo lacks an impressive mountain location, the castle itself is quite impressive and is in wo...)
  • 07:55, 21 March 2019 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Annaka Castle (Wow, never heard of it. The course looks interesting. If I were a runner I would definitely do it. Maybe you should try it! I'll come cheer you on and then visit some castles nearby :))
  • 20:41, 20 March 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Annaka Castle (Have you heard of "Samurai Marathon"? Or, the 安政遠足. In 1855, the Lord of Annaka had 96 of his retainers do a 30km run starting at the castle. So they hold an event like that annually apparently and last year there was a film loosely based on it.)
  • 03:16, 16 March 2019 Kikima34 (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Edo Castle (The grounds are really pretty and there is a lot of space to walk around and enjoy nature in the middle of Tokyo, but there isn’t a whole lot to look at otherwise.)
  • 12:58, 4 March 2019 138.44.193.202 (talk) posted a new comment on Samurai Residences (thankyou this source was extremely useful)
  • 11:56, 11 February 2019 126.13.104.150 (talk) posted a new comment on Ikeda Castle (I really enjoyed this little site. It must be about the easiest castle site to get to from central Osaka apart from Osaka Castle itself. The tower and the gates nicely reconstructed and everything free. The town has quite a nice old atmosphere too. Thi...)
  • 11:53, 11 February 2019 Findlayjamie (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sasayama Castle (I had a very nice day here yesterday. Took the bus, and it's quite a trek if you cycled it. A very impressive site with its walls rising over the town, and the palace is very fine. I live in hope that a few more buildings may be added in future. The to...)
  • 21:07, 5 February 2019 126.13.104.150 (talk) posted a new comment on Amagasaki Castle (Sadly the reconstruction is apparently concrete, probably the first for a good twenty years.Still, it might be exciting to go and see it newly opened.)
  • 00:03, 30 January 2019 175.36.9.48 (talk) posted a new comment on Kashiwara Castle (I went to Kashiwara castle to , it was very intence and spooky, it felt that the old warriors were looking at you so you dont take anything, we were there to show respect.)
  • 16:00, 11 January 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hakusan Castle (Harima) (The Temple is Shoshazan Engyouji. It's really great.)
  • 15:08, 11 January 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on UserWiki:ART/ARTCastleContributions (... plus Harima-Hakusan? An accidental visit for me really.)
  • 23:03, 2 January 2019 119.244.143.140 (talk) posted a new comment on Amagasaki Castle (The castle is currently being reconstructed. The tenshukaku and some other structures are already completed. Opening is due in March 2019. Might get interesting after all.)
  • 11:11, 8 December 2018 Jthaas (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatori Castle (There is a samurai festival each November 23 in the castle town. It's great to combine this with the hike to and from the castle. Autumn is a wonderful time to see the ruins surrounded by bright red leaves. It is both peaceful and spectacular.)
  • 11:02, 8 December 2018 175.34.101.49 (talk) posted a new comment on Tsuyama Castle (I was fortunate to visit here at the height of autumn beauty in the maple grove beside the inner walls. The bright red leaves looked wonderful against the old stone walls. There was a week-long momiji festival and evening illumination as well, although...)
  • 07:23, 28 November 2018 147.41.128.35 (talk) posted a new comment on Hotta no Saku (This is the greatest site i've used. sike get fortnite danced on)
  • 11:35, 9 November 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hirado Castle (To be honest, as a castle site this was a bit underwhelming to me, but it's interesting enough if you combine it with the other sights in towns. There are two original buildings at this castle site, a gate and a yagura. They did a decent job rebuildi...)
  • 21:48, 2 November 2018 174.57.45.39 (talk) posted a new comment on Hitoyoshi Castle (The direct train from Kumamoto adds to the visit to Hitoyoshi. They do not run often, but there is a morning train that goes from Kumamoto to Hitoyoshi without needing to change and it is very interesting with all wooden interior and booth seating. T...)
  • 20:54, 30 October 2018 126.13.104.150 (talk) posted a new comment on Takayama Jin'ya (This was the 100th castle I visited in Japan and a worthy holder of that title. Although it's not very 'castly' it's magnificent building and well laid out. So extensive and with lots of information about the jinya government. And it was less packed th...)
  • 20:51, 30 October 2018 126.13.104.150 (talk) posted a new comment on Echizen Ohno Castle (I loved the overall experience of this town, though the castle keep is just another concrete one. The curved stone walls were really lovely and the town has a lot of old buildings as well as the Uchiyama and Tamura houses and the folk museum. The teram...)
  • 13:42, 22 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Futamata Castle (While there are much more interesting castle sites in the vicinity (Kakegawa Castle being a personal favourite), Futamata Castle is still worth a quick trip and easily combined with Tobayama Castle. Especially the tenshudai (stone base where the main...)
  • 13:32, 22 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tobayama Castle (Combined with nearby Futamata Castle this makes for an okay short trip if you have one or two hours to spare in this area. (I made a quick visit just before sunset after having visited nearby Kiga Checkpoint.) The location of this castle is quite dram...)
  • 20:27, 16 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yoshida Castle (This is a nice castle site with plenty of stone walls and dry moats to see. For a good view of the reconstructed watchtower and its location near the river, go to the nearby bridge (called Toyohashi, the namesake of the city). The sign at the entrance...)
  • 07:55, 15 October 2018 114.179.123.20 (talk) posted a new comment on Takatori Castle (Thank you Suupaahiroo and RaymondW for your detailed comments and descriptions. I got 100 Meijo stamp number 100 here yesterday- wow can’t believe it! The lady at the information “center” was almost as thrilled as I was. I followed RaymondW’...)
  • 17:16, 8 October 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatori Castle (This is definitely the place I most want to re-visit. I always end up going to someplace new instead. Thanks for the detailed comments. I've heard some criticism that Nara Pref. invests too much into developing the famous temples and Nara Period sites...)
  • 17:37, 7 October 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1695 on Musashi Masugatayama Castle
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  • 23:07, 4 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oomizo Castle (I found myself here by chance after visiting nearby Shirahige Jinja, a famous shrine. The castle walls here are slightly interesting, largely made up of natural boulders, it seems. More interesting than the castle is the Ōmizo Sōmon, a nagaya-mon st...)
  • 03:34, 4 October 2018 217.136.127.106 (talk) posted a new comment on Takatori Castle (Thank you Suupaahiiroo for this lavish explanation. This makes me really want to visit the site. I discovered that the site is next to Asuka village. This makes me still more wanting to visit the area, since Asuka is a part of Japan where some 100 year...)
  • 01:37, 4 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatori Castle (Wow. Truly one of the best places to appreciate stone walls and the grand scale of castles. I highly recommend walking there from the station and walking back via the temple Tsubosaka-dera (壺阪寺, also known as Minami-Hokke-ji 南法華寺). It's a...)
  • 00:49, 4 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Morioka Castle (I highly enjoyed this castle site with well-preserved stone walls. At the tourist office at the station they gave me a great, detailed map of the castle in Japanese. It points out every place of interest with an arrow and some comments (this is the hig...)
  • 00:37, 4 October 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Itami Castle (The rebuilt stone walls are kinda ugly and obviously fake. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, this site might be worth a quick visit to see a small piece of original wall with a ten'yōseki (転用石).)
  • 13:46, 29 September 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Edo Castle (Thanks, edited. Its mostly leftover cruft from changing systems.)
  • 07:33, 26 September 2018 KomusoPoetofSound (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Edo Castle (The History section above needs a tiny edit. The sixth line from the top beginning "In 1590..." needs to be prefaced with </p><p> instead of just <p>.)
  • 02:53, 18 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwasaki Castle (Added pictures of gate, museum and ishigaki remains to photo gallery)
  • 02:35, 18 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nishio Castle (Added picture of Tenshudai to photo gallery)
  • 02:30, 18 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Okazaki Castle (Added yagura, ishigaki, and moat pictures to gallery)
  • 01:18, 18 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Toyama Castle (Added the castle-esque museum structure and adjacent gate ruin to photo gallery)
  • 20:43, 15 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tottori Castle (Added photos to gallery, including pictures of the inner citadel at the top of the mountain, and restored tenkyuu ishigaki.)
  • 03:02, 15 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hikone Castle (Added Nobori-ishigaki to photo gallery)
  • 01:11, 15 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Nagoya Castle (Added to gallery: Honchoumon-ato ishigaki on the outer moat)
  • 00:45, 15 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Himeji Castle (Updated with a photo of a former samurai house gate located in the neighbouring Koko'en gardens, which are made up of the old walls and gates of samurai homes.)
  • 23:41, 14 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Okayama Castle (Update: Added the Nishinomaru Nishite Yagura to photo gallery)
  • 23:31, 14 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Suwahara Castle (Added reconstructed gate)
  • 23:53, 10 September 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Musashi Masugatayama Castle (Thanks! Corrected.)
  • 21:50, 10 September 2018 115.165.17.197 (talk) posted a new comment on Musashi Masugatayama Castle (There is a little mistake, you mean Kanagawa-ken not Kagawa-ken...)
  • 01:51, 9 September 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Minowa Castle (Added the shiny new gate to gallery)
  • 18:31, 8 September 2018 DiegoDeManila (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sunpu Castle (Visited 01 Oct '17. Easy day trip from Tōkyō (under 1.5 hr via shinkansen, another 10-15 min on foot from JR Shizuoka Station). The descriptions I'd seen in advance of my visit tended to emphasise the lack of surviving Edo Period material - which w...)
  • 01:46, 31 August 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tonomi-no-saku (Palisade is just a dodgy google translation of 柵 I bet.)
  • 08:25, 29 August 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1195 on Kakunodate Castle
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  • 20:16, 25 August 2018 124.141.153.129 (talk) posted a new comment on Soma Nakamura Castle (Went today (2018/8/23) Not well kept at all. Moats are overgrown and look very sad. There are no visual representations of the castle as it was, either on site or in the local museum, which was also disappointing. It is quite large and has potential to...)
  • 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...)
  • 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...)
  • 15:16, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Sano Castle (Sanojō now has a park spread across several of its baileys connected by bridges (modern style) with some earthworks and horikiri (trenches) visible. It consists of four baileys in a namikakushiki nawabari (line formation layout / one bailey after the...)
  • 15:15, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fukui Castle (Fukuijō is a hirajiro (flatland castle) with lots of ishigaki (stone ramparts), wide mizubori (water moats), dorui (earthen embankment) and several reconstructed structures: two gates and a rōkabashi (covered bridge) with adjoining stucco walls. When...)
  • 15:12, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ichijodani Castle (There is so much to see in the valley that I still didn't have time to climb to the yamajiro after half a day. There are many stone-lined terraces stretching up both valley walls, with the east side terraces being many tiered and climbing steeply. A po...)
  • 15:03, 15 April 2018 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (If you carry on past the tenshu area you will find a bridge spanning a trench with ishigaki remains. A map I saw indicated that the ruins extended further up the mountain so I went onto a subsequent bailey (Aihatanokidoato) where there were trace amoun...)
  • 23:23, 11 April 2018 Suupaahiiroo (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ibaraki Castle (One of the gates of Ibaraki Castle was moved to a small temple in Yamato-Kōriyama City (Nara Prefecture) called Jikō-in (慈光院). According to Wikipedia, this gate is now called Ibaraki Gate (茨木門 Ibaraki-mon), and the roof was thatched to ma...)
  • 18:19, 21 March 2018 126.116.187.253 (talk) posted a new comment on Yoshinogari (Just a stunning site: I tend to be pretty quick getting round castle sites, but I was a good two hours here. Not exactly a castle, but there are so many connections to later castle sites. The main building in the nothern settlement was so similar in co...)
  • 08:37, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatome Castle (That's pretty hardcore. I wouldn't expect many people to visit here unless they lived nearby. From your description, I think we took the same course to get there and back again. There was supposedly another trail up through some houses and a field to...)
  • 08:35, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1620 on Takatome Castle
  • 08:34, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatome Castle (Thanks! The one in Shiroishi looks pretty good too. I'm kind of thinking about a bukeyashiki tour to Tohoku in May. Kakunodate, Shiroishi, and Kanegasaki (Iwate), so let me see if I'm able to get that trip through the "the boss" first. Echizen Ohno, an...)
  • 08:34, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1619 on Takatome Castle
  • 08:34, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Takatome Castle (That's pretty hard core. I wouldn't expect many people to visit here unless they lived nearby. Hearing your description I think we took basically the same route to get there. There was another trail up through some fields but it quickly was so overgro...)
  • 08:23, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Guide to Samurai Residences (Thanks! The one in Shiroishi looks pretty good too. I'm kind of thinking about a bukeyashiki tour to Tohoku in May. Kakunodate, Shiroishi, and Kanegasaki (Iwate), so let me see if I'm able to get that trip through the "the boss" first. Echizen Ohno, an...)
  • 08:22, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1617 on Guide to Samurai Residences
  • 08:21, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Guide to Samurai Residences (Thanks! The one in Shiroishi looks pretty good too. I'm kind of thinking about a bukeyashiki tour to Tohoku in May. Kakunodate, Shiroishi, and Kanegasaki (Iwate), so let me see if I'm able to get that trip through the "the boss" first. Echizen Ohno, an...)
  • 08:20, 4 March 2018 Eric (talk | contribs) deleted comment #1614 on Guide to Samurai Residences
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