Japanese Castle List

Japanese Castle List

There are tons of castles of ruins in Japan. I have chosen famous or historically interesting castles here.

根室半島チャシ跡群
Nemuro Peninsula Chashi Trace Group
50 Onnemoto, Nemuro-shi, Hokkaidō 087-0166
ChashiJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Ancient ruins of castle group in Hokkaido Japan where Ainu (Hokkaido Originals) people to arbitrate in 15th century.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Dry Moat
松前城
Matsumae Castle
Hokkaido Matsumae -gun Matsumae -shaped Matsushiro
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage The last Japanese castle built for protect Nortth.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
Matsumae Castleの記事
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
弘前城
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle, 1 Shimoshiroganecho Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8356
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage The castle exist in north end of Honshu Japan. The authentic donjon remains since Edo era.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic TowerAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
Hirosaki Castleの記事
弘前城 外堀と満開の桜 Cherry Blossoms Festival in Hirosaki Aomori
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
志波城
Shiwa Castle
Gohee Shinden Kamikazuma, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0855
Jyosaku(Guardian Office)
Castle Detail  
noimage An ancient army base in Heian period when Japanese central government (Yamato Dynasty) trying to concur north part of Honshu. It proceeded north from Isawa Castle.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Wide ditchTrace of roofed mud wallTrace of stilt houseTrace of pit-house
胆沢城
Isawa Castle
Shibuta, Mizusawaku Sakurakawa, Ōshū-shi, Iwate Prefecture 023-0003
Jyosaku(Guardian Office)
Castle Detail  
胆沢城 An ancient army base in Heian period when Japanese central government (Yamato Dynasty) trying to concur north part of Honshu.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: MoatDitchTrace of building
Isawa Castleの記事
胆沢城正殿 Isawa Castle was in Aterui’s Village, Ancestor Setting of Ashitaka in Gibri Anime Princess Mononoke.
仙台城
Sendai Castle
1 Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0862
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
仙台城跡石垣 Heroic Samurai leader of Sendai Date Masamune's castle. It's immense formulated stone wall "Ishigaki" is worth visiting.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Trace of GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry Moat
伊治城
Korehari Castle
Jōnokarasaki Tsukidate Kurihara-shi, Miyagi-ken
Jyosaku(Guardian Office)
Castle Detail  
noimage Jyosaku style castle in ancient Tohoku.
Built:: Nara Period
(710 - 794)
Feature:: Wide ditchBank
多賀城
Taga Castle
Jōmae, Ichikawa, Tagajō-shi, Miyagi-ken 985-0864
Jyosaku(Guardian Office)Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage An ancient army base in Heian period when Japanese central government (Yamato Dynasty) trying to concur north part of Honshu.
Built:: Nara Period
(710 - 794)
Feature:: Trace of Gate Dry MoatBank
船岡城
Funaoka Castle
宮城県柴田郡柴田町大字船岡字舘山
Mountain castle100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
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noimage A mountain castle locates in Miyagi Prefecture Shibata -gun.
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature::
横手城
Yokote Castle
Akita-ken, Yokote-shi, Shiroyamamachi, 29−1 013-0012
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
横手城 Establishment is unknown. In war era, it was Onodera's main castle.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Mock Donjon Bank
Yokote Castleの記事
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
久保田城
Kubota Castle
Akita , Akita Prefecture Senshu Park 1
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Famous as Kubota lord Satake of residence .
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Restored TowerRestored Gate MoatBank
鶴ヶ岡城
Tsurugaoka Castle
Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture Baba -cho 4-1
Flatland castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle which is located approximately in the center of the castle Tsuruoka city .
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
二本松城
Nihonmatsu Catle
Fukushima Prefecture Nihonmatsu Kakunai 4-chome
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage And Kyokan of the foot , ladder Guo type of Hirayama castle consisting of a white flag has been built to the peak ( altitude 345m) castle .
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
向羽黒山城
Mukaihaguro Yamashiro
Aizumisato, Ōnuma District, Fukushima Prefecture 969-6133
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Built by Moriuji Ashina.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatTatebori(ascending trench or pathway cut into a naturally-occurring slope)Honmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)Sannomaru(Outermost region of the castle)Trace of building
会津若松城
Aizuwakamatsu Castle
Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0873
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
会津若松城 This castle is known for a calamitous defeat of siege warfare in the end of Edo period. The donjon was destroyed in this warfare and the existing one was restored.
Built:: North and South Dynasties
(1336– 1392)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall)
Aizuwakamatsu Castleの記事
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
宇都宮城
宇都宮城
栃木県宇都宮市本丸町
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle was built by Ensyu or Hidehira Fujiwara in the end of Heian period.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Restored Tower Bank
新田金山城
Nittakanayama Castle
40 Kanayamachō, Ōta-shi, Gunma-ken 373-0027
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
金山城 NittaKanayama Castle is fully laid stone pavement and stone walls are rare in Kanto area.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatUmadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)BankWell
岩櫃城
Iwabitsu Castle
Haramachi, Higashiagatsuma, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture 377-0801
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Sanada's mountain castle in Gunma.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
Iwabitsu Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
前橋城
Maebashi Castle
Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture Otemachi 1 -chome, 1-1
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Used to be Kanto's seven best castles.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
まついだじょう
Matsuida Castle
Matsuidamachi Takanashi Annaka, Gunma Prefecture 379-0215
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatHorikiri(Artificial trench)Tatebori(ascending trench or pathway cut into a naturally-occurring slope)Yokobori(horizontal trench)Bank
白井城
Shiroi Castle
Shiroi, Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture 377-0204
Edge of a cliff castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Gake-tan-jo which was built in the plateau of the confluence of the Tone River and the Agatsuma River.
Built:: North and South Dynasties
(1336– 1392)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
Shiroi Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
名胡桃城
Nagurumi Castle
3462 Shimozu, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken 379-1314
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle was built on the bank cliff of the Tone River. Masayuki Sanada was capture the Numata Castle based here.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Umadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)BankTrace of buildingTrace of stilt house
Nagurumi Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
沼田城
Numata Castle
594 Nishikurauchimachi, Numata-shi, Gunma-ken 378-0042
Hill CastleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Gake-jo above the river terrace of the Tone River and Usunegawa of confluence.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
Numata Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
箕輪城
Minowa Castle
Misatomachi Higashiakiya, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370-3106
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
箕輪城 堀 This castle located in Gunma. Nagano Narimasa's castle who fought against the powerful Samurai leader Takeda Shingen.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Trace of GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatMoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Koshiguruwa(Enclosure of castle which locates on a slope)Obiguruwa(Belt-shape Enclosure of a castle which locates out side Kuruwa)Well
忍城
Oshi Castle
Saitama Prefecture Gyoda Honmaru 17-23
Flatland castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
忍城 Oshi Castle was a castle that was in the current Saitama Prefecture. It transmitted and Narita 's castle in the Muromachi period.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Mock Tower MoatBank

Matsugasaki Castle
Flatland-mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Koshiguruwa(Enclosure of castle which locates on a slope)BankKoguchi(Koguchi style castle entrance)
江戸城
Edo Castle
1-6 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0001
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
江戸城の門 Edo Castle was the Japan's largest castle, the Tokugawa castle. Nowadays, it is an imperial palace.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature::
Edo Castleの記事
江戸城の門 Vast Property of Edo Castle Many Traces Remains in Tokyo
八王子城
Hachioji Castle
3 Motohachiojimachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0826
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
八王子城 入り口 It was equipped with a full-fledged Shiro-gamae with the Kanto invasion of Hideyoshi. leading Yamashiro in Kanto.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall)Restored Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
Hachioji Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
八王子城 入り口 Hachioji Castle – the prominent mountain Castle near Tokyo
小田原城
Odawara Castle
Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0014
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
小田原城天守閣 Odawara castle had an immense territory of Hirayama castle in Suruga Bay. Until the suppression in Hideyoshi was the Honjo of Hojo.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Restored DonjonRestored GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Honmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Umadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)
Odawara Castleの記事
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
小田原城 馬出門 The Ocean View from Odawara Castle is Great But…
河村城
Kawamura Castle
Kishi, Yamakita, Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa Prefecture 258-0112
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
河村城入り口 In Northern and Southern Dynasties era, Kawamura was with the Dynasty side fought with Takauji Ashikaga.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Moat
石垣山城
Ishigakiyama Castle
Hayakawa, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0021
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this castle on the mountaintop of Kasakake mountain at the time of Odawara conquest. Hideyoshi brought stone wall construction in Kanto with this castle.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Horikiri(Artificial trench)Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Well
高田城
Takada Castle
Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture 943-0835
Flatland castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
高田城 Tadateru Matsudaira's castle which built by his father-in-law Masamune Date.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Restored Tower MoatBank
Takada Castleの記事
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
春日山城
Kasugayama Castle
Nakayashiki, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture 943-0819
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Castle was built in Northern and Southern Dynasties era or Muromachi period. It is renowned as Uesugi Kenshin's castle in the Warring States period.
Built:: North and South Dynasties
(1336– 1392)
Feature:: Trace of Tower Dry MoatBankWell
魚津城
Uozu Castle
Toyama Prefecture Uozu Honcho 1 -chome, 10-39
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Castle was built in a strategic point of land and sea transportation .
Built:: Kenmu Restoration
(1333 - 1336)
Feature::
高岡城
Takaoka Castle
Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture Kojyo 1
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Since the Toyama Castle was burned down , transfer erecting been castle . Roping-off has been the Ukon Takayama was Kakusho Maeda family .
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
金沢城
Kanazawa Castle
1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken 920-0937
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Predecessor Ikko rebellion bases, Kanazawa Gobo. In war era, it became a Maeda Toshiie's castle.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Honmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)Sannomaru(Outermost region of the castle)Garden
Kanazawa Castleの記事
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
丸岡城
Maruoka Castle
1 Chome-59 Maruokachō Kasumichō, Sakai-shi, Fukui-ken 910-0231
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle was built for suppressing Ikko believers' riot.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall)
一乗谷館
Ichijyodani Castle
Kidonouchicho, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture 910-2153
Estate of Feudal LordsJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Asakura Family's residence.
Built:: North and South Dynasties
(1336– 1392)
Feature:: Horikiri(Artificial trench)Tatebori(ascending trench or pathway cut into a naturally-occurring slope)Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
甲府城
Kofu Castle
1 Chome−5−4, Marunouchi, Kōfu-shi, Yamanashi-ken 400-0031
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
甲府城 鉄門 It is specified in the Yamanashi Prefecture historic sites. This Hirayama castle was built in through the early modern period from the Middle Ages.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic TowerTrace of TowerAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)
しんぷじょう
Shinpu Castle
4787 Nakadamachi Nakajō Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi-ken 407-0262
Flatland-mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Katsuyori Takeda's mountain castle built by Masayuki Sanada.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: MoatBank
いわどのやまじょう
Iwadonoyama Castle
Nigiokamachi Hatagura Otsuki, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0001
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Oyamada family's mountain castle.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)
躑躅ヶ崎館
Tsutsujigasaki Yakata
2611 Kofuchūmachi, Kōfu-shi, Yamanashi-ken 400-0014
Estate of Feudal LordsJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Takeda's residence. It was the center of Kai.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatUmadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)BankDobashi(A bridge covered with rammed earth)
真田氏館
Sanadashi Yakata (Sanada Mansion)
2984-1 Sanadamachi Motohara, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture 386-2202
Estate of Feudal Lords
Castle Detail  
真田氏館 This castle was built by Sanada Yukitaka's eldest son Nobutsuna or some says Yukitaka had lived from before that. The property is an important remains showing the mansion of the Middle Ages powerful families.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
Sanadashi Yakata (Sanada Mansion)の記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
上田城
Ueda Castle
Ninomaru,Ueda, Nagano Prefecture 386-0026
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
上田城門 Ueda castle was built by Sanada who was a small funeral leader family. This castle was famous for rejecting Tokugawa Ueda attack twice.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic TowerAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)
Ueda Castleの記事
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
高嶋城
Takashima Castle
1 Chome-20 Takashima, Suwa-shi, Nagano-ken 392-0022
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Suwa built this castle on Chausu mountain.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
真田本城
Sanada Main Castle
5134 Sanadamachiosa, Ueda-shi, Nagano-ken 386-2201
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
真田本城 Sanada’s main castle. There are many branch castles around here, so some says this was a control tower.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
Sanada Main Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
松本城
Matsumoto Castle
4-1 Marunouchi Matsumotoshi Naganoken
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
松本城 The donjon is survived authentic donjon. This castle is accessible from Matsumoto Station.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
Matsumoto Castleの記事
お城と雪 7 Fantastic Snow Show and Castle Festivals
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
戸石城
Toishi Castle
Sumiyoshi, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture 386-0002
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Fortress, which was built on a ridge of Higashitaroyama.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature::
Toishi Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
子檀嶺城
Komayumi Castle
Togo, Aoki, Chiisagata District, Nagano Prefecture 386-1603
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Sanada Yukitaka and Masayuki’s castle was there.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: MoatHorikiri(Artificial trench)Bank
Komayumi Castleの記事
子檀嶺岳 Komayumidake: Used to be a Mountain Castle and a Current Beautiful Trekking Course in Nagano Japan
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
松本城
Matsushiro Castle
44 Matsushiromachi Matsushiro, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-1231
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
松代城太鼓門 Matsushiro castle was built by Shingen Takeda to overpower Kawanakajima four counties. Originally, called Kaizu Castle.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Samurai Mansion
Matsushiro Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
小諸城
Komoro Castle
311 Tei, Komoro-shi, Nagano-ken 384-0804
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
小諸城大手門 Komoro castle was built by Takeda Shingen. It was rebuild by Sengoku Hidehisa and became an early modern castle .
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry Moat
Komoro Castleの記事
Yukimura Sanada 15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles
たかとおじょう
Takato Castle
2296 Takatōmachi Higashitakatō Ina-shi, Nagano-ken 396-0213
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle is known for cherry blossom viewing.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Bank
木曾福島城
Kiso-Fukusima Castle
Kisocho Kisogun Naganoken
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage A mountain castle build by Kiso.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: MoatBank
天白城
Tenpaku Castle
Sanadamachi Motohara, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture 386-2202
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Located on the mountain next to the Sanada Honjo which considered was a part of Sanada Honjo.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
岩村城
Iwamura Castle
Shiroyama Iwamurachō, Ena-shi, Gifu-ken 509-7403
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage This fortress, which was built in Kamakura period. It is located in the misty mountain is also referred to as “Kirigajyo” (a misty castle).
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Well
岐阜城
Gifu Castle
18 Gifu, Gifu Prefecture 500-0000
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
岐阜城 Fortress, which was built in the summit of Kinka. This castle is famous for Nobunaga.
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Base of DonjonTrace of Tower Stone fortress
Gifu Castleの記事
弘前城紅葉 10 Best Castles to Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Leaves
竹田城 Top 10 Most Searched Japanese Castle Today.
駿府城
Sunpu Castle
1 Sunpujōkōen Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 420-0855
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage The castle Tokugawa Ieyasu lived after his retirement.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
諏訪原城
Suwahara Castle
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Takeda's mountain castle.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Umadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)BankWell
掛川城
Kakegawa Castle
1138-24 Kakegawa, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka-ken 436-0079
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
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noimage Imagawa Yoshitada built this castle as a foothold in advance to Omi area.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic TowerAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
山中城
Yamanaka Castle
Yamanaka Shinden, Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture 411-0011
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
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noimage Hojo Ujiyasu built this castle guard against the west Japan.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Dry MoatBankDobashi(A bridge covered with rammed earth)
はままつじょう
Hamamatsu Castle
Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 430-0946
Flatland-mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Known for Ieyasu Tokugawa's castle.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Mock DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)
興国寺城
Koukokuji Castle
438 Negoya Numazu-shi Shizuoka-ken
Flatland-mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage A castle located in Numazu Shizuoka. Imagawa, Takeda, Hojo fought over this castle.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
小牧山城
Komakiyama Castle
Komaki, Aichi Prefecture Horinouchi 1-chome 1
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Fortress was the residence of Nobunaga .
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)BankWell
名古屋城
Nagoya Castle
1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0031
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
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名古屋城 Owari branch of the residence of the Tokugawa big three.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic TowerAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
清洲城
Kiyosu Castle
1-1 Asahi, Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture 452-0932
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
清洲城 This castle was a place of Kiyosu alliance and Kiyosu conference.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: MoatBank
犬山城
Inuyama Castle
Kitakoken-65-2 Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture 484-0082
Japan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
犬山城現存天守 Castle was built in scenic locations along the Kiso River. One of the 12 authentic donjons in Japan.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic Donjon
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岡崎城
Okazaki Castle
龍城
Koseicho Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture 444-0052
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage This castle is famous for Ieyasu Tokugawa's birth-place.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic GateRestored GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
松坂城
Matsusaka Castle
三重県松阪市殿町
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Mr. Gamo moved his main castle from Matsugashima to the present location.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Honmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)
伊賀上野城
Igaueno Castle
106 Uenomarunouchi, Iga-shi, Mie-ken 518-0873
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage The castle was built on an important traffic location Igaueno access to Nara and Kyoto.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)
彦根城
Hikone Castle
1-1 Konkicho Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0061
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
彦根城天守閣 It is famous for Feudal lord Ii's residence. There remain a number of buildings such as the existing donjon.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Honmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)
近江長浜城
Omi-Nagahama Castle
Shiga Prefecture Nagahama Park Town, 10-10
Flatland castle100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Directly ship out from the sluice gate of the castle.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Mock Donjon
安土城
Azuchi Castle
Azuchicho Shimotoira Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture 521-1311
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
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安土城 Nobunaga built the first time the castle with a full-fledged castle tower in Japan. Then, the whole country of feudal lords followed.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatNinomaru(Outer citadel)Bank
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水口岡山城
Minakuchi Okayama Castle
Minakuchicho Minakuchi Koka, Shiga Prefecture 528-0005
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
水口岡山城想像図 Fortress, which was built as a base for Koga district by Hideyoshi.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Horikiri(Artificial trench)
水口城
Minakuchi Castle
4-80 Minakuchichō Honmaru Kōka-shi, Shiga-ken 528-0023
Flatland castle
Castle Detail  
御門矢倉資料館 Castle was built as the accommodation of the Shogun.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
真田丸出城
Sanadamaru Branch Castle
5-22 Sanadayamachō Tennōji-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 543-0015
Branch castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Sounth of Osaka Castle was venerable, so Sanadamaru Branch Castle was built to maintain the defense power when the Osaka Winter War in 1614.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature::
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大阪城
Osaka Castle
1-1 Ōsakajō Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 540-0002
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
大阪城 Hideyoshi invested huge amount of money to build this castle to show his authority.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic TowerAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
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黒井城
Kuroi Castle
Tanbashi Hyogoken
Mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
Existed for 250 years. This castle was known for the birth place of Kasugano Tsubone.
Built:: Kenmu Restoration
(1333 - 1336)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatHorikiri(Artificial trench)Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
篠山城
Sasayama Castle
2 Kitashinmachi Sasayama-shi, Hyōgo-ken 669-2332
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage After Sekigahara War, the castle that was built for monitoring Toyotomi Hideyori in Osaka Castle.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)Sannomaru(Outermost region of the castle)Umadashi(A Bank out side of a gate)
竹田城
Takeda Castle
Wadayamacho Takeda Asago, Hyogo Prefecture 669-5252
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
竹田城 Typical fortress of the Warring States period. Anou Nozura stone wall is impressive.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatWell
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明石城
Akashi Castle
Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture Akashi Park 1-27
Japan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Where the whereabouts of the Government Office and the lord of the old Akashi clan is placed.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic TowerAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
喜多・城山城
Kita-shiroyama Castle
Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture 679-0311
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage This mountain castle was found in 2015. The castle was built by a powerful ruler who had a connection with Kyoto.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Bank
大和郡山城
Yamato-Koriyama Castle
Nara Prefecture Yamatokoriyamajyo -cho 2-18
Flatland-mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage The initial in the Toyotomi regime was a residence of the brother of Hideyoshi Hidenaga Hashiba .
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Restored TowerRestored GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
和歌山城
Wakayama Castle
Wakayama Castle, 3 Ichibancho, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture 640-8146
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
和歌山城 Hirayama castle which Hideyoshi built after the pacified the Kishu. Later it became the residence of the Kishu Tokugawa family in the Tokugawa era.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Restored DonjonAuthentic Gate Moat
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鳥取城
Tottori Castle
Higashimachi Tottori, Tottori Prefecture 680-0011
Flatland-mountain castleMountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Tottori lord Ikeda's residence. Branch castle of Tenjinyama Castle in Fuse.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Restored GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatNinomaru(Outer citadel)Sannomaru(Outermost region of the castle)Well
松江城
Matsumae Castle
Matsushiro, Matsumae, Matsumae District, Hokkaido Prefecture 049-1511
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
松江城 Mastumae clan was north limit of Japan and in charge of border guard agains Russia and suppressing Ainu (Hokkaido Originals).
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature::
月山富田城
Gassantoda Castle
Hirosecho Toda, Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture 692-0403
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage The most famous Load family was Amago six generations. They ruled 170 years.
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatTrace of buildingWell
津山城
Tsuyama Castle
135 Sange, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama-ken 708-0022
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage In early Edo period, Mori has constructed a castle and it took over 13 years.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatKuruwa(Enclosure of castle)
鬼ノ城
Kino Castle
Kijozan Okusaka, Soja, Okayama Prefecture 719-1101
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
鬼ノ城 The oldest class of ancient fortress Japan. There is a legend that castle demon that was flying from the sky built it.
Built:: Asuka Period
(592 - 710)
Feature:: Bank
びっちゅうまつやまじょう
Bicchu Matsuyama Castle
Okayama-ken, Takahashi-shi, Uchisange, 1
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
noimage The authentic donjon stands on Gagyu mountain. Many buildings remains in this castle.
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic TowerRestored TowerRestored GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
丸亀城
Marukame Castle
Ichibancho, Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture 763-0025
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
丸亀城 Marukame Castle This castle was exposed to the crisis of disposal in order to Edo Shogunate "One Castle in One Clan" Ordinance, through it was hidden from the shogunate covered by planted trees and soil.
Built:: Muromachi Period
(1336 - 1573)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Well
宇和島城
Uwajima Castle
1 Chome Marunouchi, Uwajima-shi, Ehime-ken 798-0060
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
noimage It is Todo Takatora's fortification, although it does not have military characteristics.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Well
永納山城
Einousan Castle
Ehime-ken, Saijō-shi, Kawarazu
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Japan's one of the oldest mountain castles
Built:: Nara Period
(710 - 794)
Feature:: Trace of GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Bank
高知城
Kochi Castle
1 Chome-2-1 Marunouchi, Kōchi-shi, Kōchi-ken 780-0850
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 CastlesThe Existing 12 Donjon
Castle Detail  
noimage There are authentic donjon, a Honmaru palace and many other remaining constructions.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic DonjonAuthentic TowerAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatWell
豊前松山城
Buzen Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama, Kanda, Miyako District, Fukuoka Prefecture 800-0303
Mountain castle
Castle Detail  
松山城 Fujiwara no Hirotsugu's fortress, which was built upon rebelled against the Yamato Dynasty.
Built:: Nara Period
(710 - 794)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Tatebori(ascending trench or pathway cut into a naturally-occurring slope)Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)Bank
福岡城
Fukuoka Castle
1-4 Jōnai Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0043
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
福岡城は石垣 Nagamasa Kuroda was completed the construction in a short period of seven years. Kiyomasa Kato surprised for its splendidness.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic TowerAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) MoatBank
佐賀城
Saga Castle
Jonai, Saga, Saga Prefecture 840-0041
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Nabeshima Naoshige built around ruins of Ryuzoji temple.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Base of DonjonAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
名護屋城
Nagoya Castle (Kyushu)
Chinzeimachi Nagoya, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture 847-0401
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Hideyoshi built this castle and big city around this area when he sent troops to Korea Peninsula.
Built:: Azuchimomoyama Period
(1573 - 1603)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry Moat
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唐津城
Karatsu Castle
Higashi jyo-nai Karatsushi Sagaken
Flatland-mountain castleFurther Japan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Mock DonjonAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
島原城
Shimabara Castle
1 Chome−1183−1, Jōnai, Shimabara-shi, Nagasaki-ken 855-0036
Flatland castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage The donjon has unique design which does not have "hafu" decoration roofs.
Built:: Edo Period
(1603 - 1868)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
熊本城
Kumamoto Castle
1 Honmaru, Chūō-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 860-0002
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
熊本城 One of the most popular castle in Japan. The stone walls and restored donjon are representing beautiful design of Japanese Castle.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic TowerAuthentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Moat
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岡城
Bungo Oka Castle
2912 Taketa, Taketa-shi, Ōita-ken 878-0013
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Koreyoshi Ogata built to greet Minamoto no Yoshitsune. This was a vast and robust fortress at an altitude of 325 meters and total area about 235,000㎡.
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Dry MoatHonmaru(the main enclosure of a castle)Ninomaru(Outer citadel)Sannomaru(Outermost region of the castle)
飫肥城
Obi Castle
10 Chome−1, Obi, Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki-ken 889-2535
Flatland-mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage The castle originally built in 1588, but most of its structure was built in mid-1400s.
Built:: War Period
(1467 - 1590)
Feature:: Authentic GateAuthentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Samurai Mansion
今帰仁城跡
Nakijin Castle
Imadomari, Nakijin, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0428
Mountain castleJapan's Top 100 Castles
Castle Detail  
noimage Typical Okinawa castle, along with Shuri Castle.
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall)
浦添城
Urazoe Castle
Okinawa Prefecture Urasoe fellow 2 -chome, 2
Hill Castle
Castle Detail  
noimage Built in the era of the Ryukyu king that is Shunten'no integration of the founder the tradition remains , but conclusive evidence is that there is no .
Built:: Heian Period
(794 - 1185)
Feature:: Authentic Ishigaki(Stone wall) Kuruwa(Enclosure of castle)
名護城
Nangusuku Castle
Nago Nago, Okinawa Prefecture 5511
Mountain castle100 selected site for seeing cherry blossoms
Castle Detail  
noimage Unusual earthworks of the castle as Gusuku in Okinawa .
Built:: Kamakura Period
(1185 - 1333)
Feature:: Bank