お城と雪

7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals

Beautiful Snow and Castles Winter senery of Japanese castles are beautiful. I have selected seven castles’ winter festivals. Name of Castle Hirosaki Castle Location Hirosaki Park Event Hirosaki Snow lanterns Festival Event Duration Feb.11-14/2016 URL Hirosaki Snow lanterns Festival Name of Castle Aizuwakamatsu Castle Location Tsurugajyo Park Event Aizu Candle Festival Event Duration Feb.11-13/2016 URL Aizu Candle Festival Name of Castle Kochi Castle Location Kochi Park Event Kochi Castle Winter Festival Event Duration Nov.30-Dec.8/2016 URL Kochi Castle Winter Festival Name of Castle Kanazawa Castle Location Kenrokuen Event Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen-Light Up- Event Duration Feb.5-14/2016 URL Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen-Light Up- Name of Castle Matsumoto Castle Event Ice Carving Festival […]

弘前城紅葉

10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves Information Many Japanese castles are having autumn leaves festivals. Most castles are surrounded by nature. You can enjoy transition of Japanese seasons at a sight of castle. Name of Castle Hirosaki Castle (Aomori) Location Hirosaki Park Event Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Event Duration October 16 – November 8, 2015 Lighting Up October 16 – Mid November, 2015、Sunset – 21:00 URL Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Name of Castle Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Fukushima) Location Tsuruga-Castle Park Event Tsuruga-Castle Light Up Lighting Up October 23 – November 15, 2015. Dawn – 21:00 URL Tsuruga-Castle Light Up Name of Castle Ueda Castle (Nagano) Location Ueda Castle Park […]

竹田城

Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.

Which castles are most popular in Japan? Following ranking is a top 10 most searched castles of Japan. Takeda Castle (Volume 60,500/month) Takeda Castle is a mountain castle in Hyogo. This castle became famous for sea of ​​clouds. Matsumoto Castle (Volume 40,500/month) Matsumoto Castle is a accessible from Tokyo and photogenic castle. This is the closest castle which has an authentic donjon from Tokyo. Kumamoto Castle (Volume 40,500/month) Kumamoto Castle is a very popular among castle fans in Japan. The builder of the castle Kato Kiyomasa is respected castle builder of Japan. Inuyama Castle (Volume 40,500/month) Inuyama Castle is a photogenic castle which has an authentic donjon. The downtown area is too a popular sightseeing sight. Odawara Castle (Volume 33,100/month) […]

鬼ノ城

Tips of Enjoying Japanese Castles: Its Location and History

古代山城 (Kodai Yamajiro)-Ancient mountain castles 中世山城 (Chusei Yamajiro)-medieval mountain castles 近世山城 (Kinsei Yamajiro)-early modern mountain castles 平山城 (Hirayamajiro)-a castle built on a hill in a plain 平城 (Hirajiro)-a castle built in a plain 城柵 (Jyosaku)- Ancient Guardian Office Ancient Fortress Foreign Style was built in Order to Counter the Invading Forces from the Tang and Baekje Ancient mountain castles in Japan are built in Asuka to Nara period in the West Japan. The mountain castles have many similarities with Korean Peninsula castles because Baekje nobility that had been exiled from the current Korean Peninsula was the guidance of architecture.Typical one is Onojo. The castles are only barricaded in the war […]

Yukimura Sanada

15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles

Next year’s NHK drama’s hero will be Yukimura Sanada. He is one of the most popular samurai heroes in Japan. Many know him from TV games. Yukimura had been popular in Kabuki play since in Edo period (1603–1868). Japanese people love him. I will expect after this drama broad casted, Yukimura associated castles will be super crowded. So before that, I should visit all of them. History of Sanada Sanada family was a small samurai family in Shinano area current Nagano. Yukitaka (Yukimura’s grand father) gained power after he started to work for Takeda family. Takeda was one of the most powerful samurai families in Japan at that time. After […]