Azuchi Castle – One Of The Most Famous Castles

The castles of Japan are distinguished by their special architecture. In the city of Azuchi, north of Omi Hachiman (Shiga Prefecture), on the shores of Lake Biwa, there is one of the main castles of Oda Nobunaga, a military leader and the most prominent samurai of Japan, who devoted his life to the unification of …

The Plover Castle – Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of twelve surviving ancient castles in Japan and the only one in the San’in region. It is called “Plover Castle” because of its characteristic pediments, which resemble the spread wings of this water bird. Another distinctive feature of the castle is the rows of large black amaoi-ita shutters to keep the …

The beauty of Hirosaki Castle

Towers, sakura and apples Hirosaki Castle is considered one of the most beautiful in Japan. The main tower, built at the top of the hill, is surrounded by defensive walls, moats and yagura towers. Around the castle is a beautiful cherry orchard, where thousands of sakura trees bloom lush every spring. Hirosaki is the commercial …

The Shimabara Uprising

Originally the lands of the Arima Christian family, the Shimabara Peninsula was given to the Matsukura clan in 1614. As a result of the religious affiliation of their former master, many of the peninsula’s inhabitants were also Christians. The first of the new lords, Matsukura Shigemasa, sought progress in the ranks of the Toguga shogunate …

Osaka Castle – One of Japan’s most famous landmarks

Osaka Castle is one of the most famous and historic castles in all of Japan. The iconic Osaka symbol in the Kanzai region of central Japan played an important role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth-century samurai era. About the Osaka Castle The current main tower in Osaka Castle is a concrete reconstruction …