There are plenty of restorations, but if you want to stand at the castle gate and see the same feudal keep that stood centuries before, you’ll have to make a special trip to one of the twelve. Matsue city, capital of Shimane prefecture, is home to one such castle, built in 1611 by Horio Yoshiharu.
October 4, 2016
Besides getting to know more about Japan through major cities like Tokyo or Osaka, Japanese culture also can be seen from historical prefectures, such as Ishikawa Prefecture, located in Japan's central Honshu. To visit Kanazawa, capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, is to explore the well-preserved Edo Period districts, samurai culture as well as Japanese handicrafts products and beautiful nature.
August 4, 2016
According to some, had it not been destroyed by bombardments in World War II, the Nagoya Castle would have surpassed Himeji Castle, as Japan’s most impressive feudal castle. Nonetheless, its current ferroconcrete reconstruction from 1959 and surrounding Meijo Park with over 2,000 cherry trees makes for a marvelous sight in early spring. But the castle is a picturesque vision throughout the year with a variety of blooms.
July 4, 2016
Sometimes, after a long day of shopping, you just need to find somewhere to sit down for a few minutes. If such a spot is green and peaceful, that’s even better. Fortunately, for anyone who finds themselves in downtown Utsunomiya City, whether for business or pleasure, Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park provides exactly such a spot.
June 29, 2016
Gifu is a prefecture in the Chuubu area blessed with beautiful nature and a vivid history. Thanks to them, Gifu also has a lot of fun things to do and impressive places to see, especially for those who appreciate a relaxing vacation with excellent greenery, Japanese culture and traditional festivals. If you are seeking to experience the older side of Japan away from the cities, here are my top 15 recommendations of what Gifu has to offer for your next visit!
June 20, 2016
Located in the north of Saitama Prefecture, Gyoda City is an ideal place to spend a day for history nerds, park enthusiasts, those wanting to learn about Japanese culture – in fact the list is endless, as it is a great day out for anyone!
June 8, 2016
Osaka Castle Park is the second largest park in the City. As a tourist, even though I have had inadequate knowledge about the site’s history, yet I was astonished by the preservation of the fortress.
May 2, 2016
Hachioji Castle was built on Shiroyama mountain in the 1570s and features defenses that sprawl across the mountain top, that take advantage of the steep paths and natural formations to enhance the castle’s strategic defenses. Rumors and stories of strange occurrences and ghostly sightings give rise to reports that the site of Hachioji Castle is haunted.
April 13, 2016
If you have time in Nagoya, that big and under-appreciated metropolis on the Tokaido shinkansen line, you can use the opportunity to do a quick jaunt up to Inuyama Castle (犬山城, Inuyamajō), the smallest (and supposedly oldest) original castle of them all.
April 2, 2016
Osaka is an attractive modern city in Japan with an interesting mix of traditional buildings and modern architecture. It is famous for its relaxed down-to-earth people, sense of humour and colourful local dialect (known as Kansai-ben) and amazing food such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
November 18, 2015
Japan's second largest northern city and capital city of the Tohoku region, is the city of Sendai. Having first heard about Sendai when reading about the age of the samurai during which Sendai was the stronghold of the Date-clan the city had a certain historical appeal to it.
October 26, 2015
Gifu Prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan is a fantastic place to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in fall. Gifu is lucky to be surrounded by mountains, which means it has a wealth of destinations that are famous for their beautiful autumn foliage.
October 14, 2015
Now that autumn is finally here in Japan I find myself planning what places I’d like to visit to see the beautiful autumn leaves. One of my favourites that I keep visiting every year is the picturesque town of Gujo Hachiman in Central Japan.
October 7, 2015
Autumn is the season of colours all around us. The red, orange and yellow colours of various trees and plants provide a feast everyone’s eye. Every mountain, valley and the pathways of Japan will be adorned with beautiful colours by the nature.
September 30, 2015
What is sightseeing in Japan without a visit to its numerous castles? Once again I embark on a journey to Marugame city of Kagawa prefecture, for a chance to see another one of the twelve original castles of Japan that still has a wooden tenshu (keep)!
September 22, 2015