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  • 22:57, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kanazawa Castle (This summer I had a sneak preview of the Nezumitamon (gatehouse) currently being reconstructed at Kanazawa Castle. The gate's original structure is known in some detail from old photographs that survive from the Meiji Period. It seems that the gate sur...)
  • 22:55, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Setagaya Castle (It seems that Setagayajō once extended across the grounds of what is now Gōtokuji, but the modern castle park is only a part of it. Gōtokuji is now a temple famous for originating (perhaps) the famous maneki neko (waving cat), and, history fans will...)
  • 22:54, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Okusawa Castle (Like several former castle sites in the Tōkyō area, Okusawajō is now the site of a temple, Jōshinji, popularly known as Kuhonbutsu. The old earth-piled ramparts of Okusawajō now partially surround the temple, forming a broken box-shape. The main e...)
  • 22:53, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Inukai Castle (Inukaijō was somewhat more interesting than I had expected. The neat row of baileys running along the hilltop numbered six, and I enjoyed counting as I went up and down over them. Firstly I came to bailey number six, where there is a modern lookout pl...)
  • 22:52, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Oohara Castle (Both Iga and Kōka, the former formerly its own province and the latter a former district of Ōmi Province, are famous for ninja, a modern pop-cultural phenomena whose historical antecedents have little in common with its expression today. But they are...)
  • 22:50, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Haibara Castle (I entered the mountain via a trail behind the shrine at the very foot of the ridge that projects out and surrounds Rengeji, a temple from which there is also a hiking trail. From this starting point I climbed the ridge and soon found several trenches c...)
  • 22:49, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kirihara Castle (Even though I had read the webmasters's glowing account of Kiriharajō, the quiet majesty of its ruins still completely overwhelmed my expectations. Light, lackadaisical in afternoon, filtered through the autumnal shroud of the canaopy onto Kiriharajō...)
  • 22:48, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Ono Castle (Although the first kodai-yamajiro (Ancient Mountain Fortress) I visited was Yashima-no-Ki in Shikoku, most of the oldest and grandest sites being located in Kyushu visiting Chikuzen-Ōnojō was almost entirely outside my scope of experience. Most inter...)
  • 22:47, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Iwaya Castle (Some of the best views of Dazaifu to be had from Mt. Ohno are at the ruins of Iwayajō. From here the ruins of the Mizuki and Dazaifu's old citadel can be clearly seen. Some scant ruins remain of earthworks, particularly the flattened main bailey and a...)
  • 22:45, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Tsukikuma Castle (Tsukikuma Castle is a much storied site and each passing chapter of history has left its mark. The ruin consists of different types of ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts): including pilings of precisely hewn stone, roughly worked stone, and natural stones....)
  • 22:44, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Akizuki Castle (Akiźukijō is an incredibly pleasant site for a stroll, and conjures up in its turn all those quaint infinitudes of aesthetic charm that truly bless this grand archipelago. I can't say whereat this pleasing array was most bold. The castle town in its...)
  • 22:43, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Fukuoka Castle (Fukuoka Castle is a major Edo Period hirayamajiro (hilltop-flatland) castle site in Kyūshū, in fact it was the greatest castle in that region in its day. Ruins include mizubori (water moats), including the Ôhori lake; (lots of) ishigaki (stone-piled...)
  • 22:42, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Kurume Castle (Kurume Castle's ishigaki (stone-clad ramparts) are lots of fun. There are no guide ropes or railings stopping wrong-footed visitors from tumbling over the edge, which I quite liked because peering over the lofty precipices of the ramparts allowed for e...)
  • 22:40, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Saga Castle (Saga Castle is one of Kyūshū's premier castle sites. Sagajō's best feature, in my opinion, is the gigantic moat which surrounds it. About seven eighths of the main moat is retained, having not been filled in. Within this wide moat many waterways bro...)
  • 22:39, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hayashiohjo Castle (The ruins of Great Hayashi Castle span one mountain in a larger frond-like typographic chain of moutains and castles. To the east of Hayashiohjō is Mizubanjō and to the west is Hayashikojō, Lesser Hayashi Castle. Between are gently sloping valleys w...)
  • 22:38, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Hayashikojo Castle (The are two main routes up the mountain. I came up from the plainside. The other route would be taken by any explorers coming from Hayashiohjō. There's not much to see until one reaches the castle ruins along the route I took but along the other my ma...)
  • 22:28, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Yamabe Castle (Yamabejō is a large yamajiro (mountain castle) ruin with several impressive features. Following jcastle's advice I ascended via Tokūnji, a temple which is also the former site of the fortified manor house of the Yamabe Clan which was in place before...)
  • 22:24, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Katsunumashi Yakata (Katsunuma-yakata joins the very few yakata (fortified manor houses) that people bother visiting; it even has its own wikipedia article, in English no less! Ashikaga-yakata would be another example. Stepping off the train at Katsunuma Town (or, as per t...)
  • 22:23, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Shinpu Castle (The ruins of Shinpu Castle are an ideal site for those castle fans new to yamajiro (mountain castle) exploration because its features are easy to identify. The ruins begin with a wide (formerly water-filled) moat perforated with large retaining embankm...)
  • 12:53, 11 December 2019 ART (talk | contribs) posted a new comment on Shinpu Castle (This is a great site for yamajiro beginners !)
  • 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!)
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