Feb
16
2014

Miidera Temple in Otsu (Shiga) – One of Japan’s Largest Temples

A lot of tourists think of Kyoto or maybe Osaka when they plan a trip to the Kansai region of Japan. Many don’t seem to know that there’s so much more to explore. Otsu City is just a few minutes away by train from Kyoto and has to offer some very interesting sights. Today I […]

Feb
3
2014

Takeda Castle – “The Castle in the Sky”

Hyogo Prefecture has a lot of great castles and thus is a must-visit for castle fans. Besides the famous and beautiful Himeji Castle, there’s another one that got really popular in recent years: Takeda Castle! In the media it’s often called “The Castle in the Sky” or “Machu Picchu of Japan“. Visited: April 4th 2013 […]

Jan
24
2014

Old Castle Town and Soba Paradise: Izushi City

The castle explorer in me loves visiting Japanese castles. So, I went to Izushi Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is not the only attraction worth checking out in Izushi City. Today I want to introduce the old castle town with some of its sightseeing spots. Visited: April 4th 2013 Access to Izushi City Izushi […]

Jan
13
2014

Izushi Castle in Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture has a lot of great castles such as the famous Himeji Castle. However, there are others you shouldn’t miss like “The Castle in the Sky” also known as “Takeda Castle” which is close to the one I want to introduce today: Izushi Castle Visited: April 4th 2013 Access to Izushi Castle Izushi Castle […]

Dec
13
2013

Kobe Luminarie 2013 – A Masterpiece of Illumination

Around Christmas time you’ll find a lot of great illuminations in Japan. One of the most popular illuminations is the Kobe Luminare – and I went there just a few days ago: Visited: December 8th 2013 What exactly is “Kobe Luminarie”? The tradition of the “Kobe Luminarie” (神戸ルミナリエ) started in 1995. Some of you might […]

Dec
3
2013

Great Japanese Castles You Just Have to Visit

As most of you know, I’m a “castle hunter“. I love exploring Japanese castles and I’ve recently cracked the ‘magic 100 mark‘. That means I’ve visited over 100 Japanese castles. Have I been to all Japanese castles yet? No, surely not. Have I had enough already? Never! First of all, you should know that there […]

Nov
20
2013

Kinojo Castle in Okayama – The Demon’s Castle

When you hear the words “Okayama” and “castle”, then you probably immediately think of the great “Crow Castle” (Okayama Castle). However, there’s another castle that you should visit as it might be the oldest in Japan: Kinojo Castle in Soja City. Visited: October 13th 2013 Access to Kinojo Castle Kinojo Castle (鬼ノ城) is located in […]

Nov
11
2013

Ozu City: The Little Kyoto of Iyo

I went on a little castle exploring tour in Shikoku and visited three castles in two days: Imabari Castle, Uwajima Castle and Ozu Castle. You can probably manage to see all three in one day if you start early enough, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Especially Uwajima City and Ozu City are so nice that […]

Nov
3
2013

Authentic and Majestic: Ozu Castle in Ehime

In September 2012 I had a long weekend and decided to go on a small castle tour through Ehime Prefecture. After visiting Imabari Castle and Uwajima Castle, the next one to explore was Ozu Castle. Visited: September 24th 2012 Getting to Ozu Castle Ozu Castle (大洲城) is located in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture (map) on […]

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