Stone foot of the Himeji Castle
Delicate design makes the stone pillars strong against wind, water and enemy soldiers, but is not doing all that well with tourists.

Japanese Castles to visit

Castles are an important part of the Japanese culture and history. Four of them are designated as a National Treasure. Himeji Castle itself contains five specific items listed, which is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During my time in Japan this year, I will try to visit the following castles:

  • Nijou, Fushimi, Shouryuuji, Yodo - All in Kyoto City or in close distance
  • 和歌山城 - Wakayama Castle, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture
  • 小田原城 - Odawara Castle, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • 駿府城 - Sunpu Castle, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • 犬山城 - Inuyama Castle, Aichi Prefecture
  • 岸和田城 - Kishiwada Castle, Osaka Metropolitan Area
  • 竹田城 - Takeda Castle Ruins, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 篠山城 - Sasayama Castle, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 姫路城 - Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 丸亀城 - Marugame, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • 高知城 - Kochi Castle, Kochi, Shikoku
  • 松山城 - Matsuyama Castle, Ehime Prefecture
  • 明石城 - Akashi Castle, Hyogo Prefecture
  • 大阪城 - Osaka Castle, Osaka City
  • 掛川城 - Kakegawa Castle, Shizuoka Prefecture

A good place for detailed information about each of the castles are available at Japanese Castle Explorer.

Last year I already visited some of them and few others, listed below with link to a picture from that visit:

Of which the two last ones I did not enter, as they seemed to be over populated at the time.

Plans are always overwhelming, let’s see afterwards how many of those castles listed I actually manage to visit.