Welcome to the Japanese Castle Index:

This extremely detailed castle index lists all the Japanese castles I’ve personally visited thus far. Here you find all the necessary tourist information you’ll need. The rating () is based on my personal preference and was influenced by various factors such as the weather or construction works that might have affected my overall impression of each castle.

In addition to this list you can also browse all the castle related blog entries here.

The castles are listed in alphabetical order. Some castles have more than one official name. I tried to use the most common one for this index.

Aizuwakamatsu Castle in Fukushima, 会津若松城 Akashi Castle near Kobe in Hyogo, 明石城 Ako Castle in Hyogo, 赤穂城 Amagasaki Castle Azuchi Castle
Aizu (Fukushima)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Wakamatsu Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 01/2009
rating:
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Akashi (Hyogo)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Akashi Sta.
tourist info: no fee
visited: 01/2010
rating:
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Ako (Hyogo)
other buildings / flatland
access: Banshu-Ako Sta.
tourist info: no fee
visited: 10/2011
rating:
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Amagasaki (Hyogo)
ruins / flatland
access: Amagasaki Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 09/2013
rating:
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Ise (Mie)
replica / hilltop
access: Toba Sta.
tourist info: 3900¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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Azuchi Castle Ruins
Azuchi (Shiga)
ruins / hilltop
access: Azuchi Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 06/2013
rating:
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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle in Okayama, 備中松山城 Bitchu Takahashi (Okayama)
original / mountaintop
access: B.-Takahashi Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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Chiba Castle aka Inohana Castle, 千葉城 Chihana Castle
Chiba (Chiba)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Honchiba Sta.
tourist info: 60¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
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Kume (Okinawa)
ruins / flatland
access: Kume
tourist info: free
visited: 01/2013
rating:
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Echizen Katsuyama Castle Echizen Ono Castle Edo Castle
Katsuyama (Fukui)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Katsuyama Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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Ono (Fukui)
reconstructed / mt.top
access: Echizen Ono Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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Tokyo
other buildings / flatland
access: Tokyo Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2013
rating:
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Fukuchiyama Castle in Kyoto, 福知山城 Fukui Castle Fukuoka Castle Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima, 福山城 Fushimi Castle in Kyoto, 伏見城
Fukuchiyama (Kyoto)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Fukuchiyama
tourist info: 310¥ fee
visited: 10/2011
rating:
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Fukui (Fukui)
flatland / ruins
access: Fukui Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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Fukuoka (Fukuoka)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Ohorikoen Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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Fukuyama (Hiroshima)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Fukuyama Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 04/2010
rating:
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Momoyama (Kyoto)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Momoyama Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 11/2011
rating:
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Gifu Castle Goryokaku Fort Gujo Hachiman Castle Gushikawa Castle Kumejima Okinawa Gushikawa Castle Okinawa
Gifu (Gifu)
reconstructed / mt.top
access: Gifu Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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Hakodate (Hokkaido)
flatland / other buildings
access: Hakodate Sta.
tourist info: 840¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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Gujo (Gifu)
reconstructed / mt.top
access: Gujo Hachiman
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Kume (Okinawa)
hilltop / ruins
access: Kume Island
tourist info: free
visited: 01/2013
rating:
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____________ post pending
Itoman (Okinawa)
hilltop / ruins
access: Naha
tourist info: free
visited: 01/2013
rating:
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Hagi Castle in Yamaguchi, 萩城 Hamamatsu Castle in Shizuoka, 浜松城 Hikone Castle in Shiga, 彦根城 Himeji Castle in Hyogo, 姫路城 Hirado Castle in Nagasaki、平戸城
Hagi (Yamaguchi)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Higashi Hagi Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 02/2012
rating:
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Hamamatsu (Shizuoka)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Hamamatsu Sta.
tourist info: 150¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
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Hikone (Shiga)
original / hilltop
access: Hikone Sta.
tourist info: 600¥ fee
visited: 01/2010
rating:
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Himeji (Hyogo)
original / hilltop
access: Himeji Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: many times
rating:
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Hirado (Nagasaki)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Tabirahiradoguchi
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 01/2012
rating:
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Hirosaki Castle in Aomori, 弘前城 Hiroshima Castle, 広島城 Hizen Nagoya Castle
Hirosaki (Aomori)
original / hilltop
access: Hirosaki Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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Hiroshima (Hiroshima)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Hiroshima Sta.
tourist info: 360¥ fee
visited: 04/2010
rating:
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Karatsu (Saga)
ruins / hilltop
access: Karatsu Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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Iga Ueno Castle in Mie, 伊賀上野城 Imabari Castle Inuyama Castle Itami Castle Iwakuni Castle in Yamaguchi, 岩国城
Iga (Mie)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Uenoshi Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 05/2010
rating:
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Imabari (Ehime)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Imabari Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 09/2012
rating:
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Inyuama (Aichi)
original / hilltop
access: Inuyama Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Itami (Hyogo)
ruins / flatland
access: Itami Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 09/2013
rating:
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Iwakuni (Yamaguchi)
reconstructed / mt.top
access: Iwakuni Sta.
tourist info: 290¥ fee
visited: 07/2009
rating:
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Iwasaki Castle in Aichi, 岩崎城 Izushi Castle
Nisshin (Aichi)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Nisshin Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2010
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Izushi (Hyogo)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Toyooka Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2013
rating:
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Kakegawa Castle in Shizuoka, 掛川城 Kakunodate Castle Kaminoyama Castle in Yamagata, 上山城 Kanazawa Castle in Ishikawa, 金沢城 Karatsu Castle
Kakegawa (Shizuoka)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Kakegawa Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post
Kakunodate (Akita)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Kakunodate Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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Kaminoyama (Yamagata)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Kaminoyama Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post
Kanazawa (Ishikawa)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Kanazawa Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 01/2011
rating:
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____________ post pending
Karatsu (Saga)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Karatsu Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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Katsuren Castle Kawagoe Castle Kawahara Castle in Tottori, 河原城 Kinojo Castle Kisai Castle
Uruma (Okinawa)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Naha
tourist info: free
visited: 12/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Kawagoe (Saitama)
other buildings / flatland
access: Hon-Kawagoe
tourist info: 100¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Tottori (Tottori)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Tottori Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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____________ post pending
Soja (Okayama)
other buildings / mt.top
access: Hattori Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 10/2013
rating:
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Kazo (Saitama)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Kounosu Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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Kishiwada Castle in Osaka, 岸和田城 Kiyosu Castle in Nagoya, 清洲城 Kochi Castle, 高知城 Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu, 小倉城 Kubota Castle in the Senshu Park of Akita、久保田城
Kishiwada (Osaka)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Kishiwada Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 11/2011
rating:
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Kiyosu (Aichi)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Kiyosu Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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Kochi (Kochi)
original / hilltop
access: Kochi Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 04/2009
rating:
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Kitakyushu (Fukuoka)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Kokura Sta.
tourist info: 350¥ fee
visited: 08/2008
rating:
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Akita (Akita)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Akita Sta.
tourist info: 100¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
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Kumamoto Castle, 熊本城 Kushima Castle in Omura, Nagasaki, 玖島城
Kumamoto (Kumamoto)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Kumamoto Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 08/2008
rating:
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____________ post pending
Omura (Nagasaki)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Omura Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 01/2012
rating:
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Marugame Castle in Kagawa, 丸亀城 Maruoka Castle Matsue Castle in Shimane, 松江城 Matsumae Castle in Hokkaido, 松前城 Matsumoto Castle in Nagano, 松本城
Marugame (Kagawa)
original / hilltop
access: Kagawa Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 03/2011
rating:
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Sakai (Fukui)
original / hilltop
access: Fukui Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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Matsue (Shimane)
original / hilltop
access: Matsue Sta.
tourist info: 550¥ fee
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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Matsumae (Hokkaido)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Hakodate Sta.
tourist info: 350¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post
Matsumoto (Nagano)
original / flatland
access: Matsumoto Sta.
tourist info: 600¥ fee
visited: 01/2011
rating:
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____________ post pending
Matsuyama Castle in Ehime, 伊予松山城 Mihara Castle Morioka Castle Ruins in Iwate Prefecture, 盛岡城 Muya Castle in Naruto, 撫養城
Matsuyama (Ehime)
original / hilltop
access: Matsuyama Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 04/2009
rating:
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____________ post pending
Mihara (Hiroshima)
ruins / flatland
access: Mihara Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 09/2013
rating:
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____________ post pending
Morioka (Iwate)
ruins / hilltop
access: Morioka Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 05/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post
Naruto (Tokushima)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Naruto Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 04/2009
rating:
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Nagahama Castle in Shiga, 長浜城 Nagoya Castle in Aichi, 名古屋城 Nakagusuku Castle Nakatsu Castle in Oita, 中津城 Nakijin Castle
Nagahama (Shiga)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Nagahama Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 01/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Nagoya (Aichi)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Nagoya Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Nakagusuku (Okinawa)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Naha
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 01/2013
rating:
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____________ post pending
Nakatsu (Oita)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Nakatsu Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 12/2011
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Nakijin (Okinawa)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Naha
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Ne Castle in Hachinohe, Aomori, 根城 Nijo Castle in Kyoto, 二条城 Numata Castle
Hachinohe (Aomori)
other buildings / flatland
access: Hachinohe Sta.
tourist info: 250¥ fee
visited: 05/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Kyoto
other buildings / flatland
access: Kyoto Sta.
tourist info: 600¥ fee
visited: many times
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Numata (Gunma)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Numata Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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Odawara Castle in Kanagawa, 小田原城 Ogaki Castle in Gifu, 大垣城 Okayama Castle, 岡山城 Okazaki Castle in Aichi, 岡崎城 Onomichi Castle in Hiroshima, 尾道城
Odawara (Kanagawa)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Odawara Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Ogaki (Gifu)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Ogaki Sta.
tourist info: 100¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Okayama (Okayama)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Okayama Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: many times
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Okazaki (Aichi)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Okazaki Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 08/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Onomichi (Hiroshima)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Onomichi Sta.
tourist info: 450¥ fee
visited: 04/2010
rating:
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____________ post pending
Osaka Castle, 大阪城 Oshi Castle Ozu Castle
Osaka
reconstructed / flatland
access: Osaka Sta.
tourist info: 600¥ fee
visited: many times
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Gyoda (Saitama)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Gyoda Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 05/2013
rating:
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____________ post pending
Ozu (Ehime)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Iyo Ozu Sta.
tourist info: 500¥ fee
visited: 09/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post

 

 

Saga Castle Sasayama Castle in Hyogo, 篠山城 Sendai Castle Ruins, 仙台城 Shibata Castle Shimabara Castle in Nagasaki, 島原城
Saga (Saga)
other buildings / flatland
access: Saga Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Sasayama (Hyogo)
other buildings / hilltop
access: S.y.guchi Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 03/2012
rating:
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Sendai (Miyagi)
other buildings / mt.top
access: Sendai Sta.
tourist info: 700¥ fee
visited: 01/2009
rating:
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____________ post pending
Shibata (Niigata)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Shibata Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Shimabara (Nagasaki)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Shimabara Sta.
tourist info: 520¥ fee
visited: 01/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Shingu Castle Shoryuji Castle Shuri Castle Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka, 駿府城
Shingu (Wakayama)
ruins / hilltop
access: Shingu Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 11/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Nagaokakyo (Kyoto)
other buildings / flatland
access: Nagaokakyo Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2013
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Naha (Okinawa)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Naha
tourist info: 800¥ fee
visited: 12/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Shizuoka (Shizuoka)
other buildings / flatland
access: Shizuoka Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 04/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post

 

 

Takada Castle Takamatsu Castle in Kagawa, 高松城 Takasaki Castle Takashima Castle in Nagano, 高島城 Takatori Castle in Nara
Joetsu (Niigata)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Takada Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Takamatsu (Kagawa)
other buildings / flatland
access: Takamatsu Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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____________ post pending
Takasaki (Gunma)
other buildings / flatland
access: Takasaki Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Suwa (Nagano)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Kamisuwa Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 01/2011
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Takatori (Nara)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Tsubosakayama
tourist info: free
visited: 11/2013
rating:
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____________ post pending
Takeda Castle Tanaka Castle in Shizuoka, 田中城 Tatebayashi Castle Tatsuno Castle in Hyogo, 龍野城 Tottori Castle Ruins, 鳥取城
Asago (Hyogo)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Takeda Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 04/2013
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Fujieda (Shizuoka)
other buildings / flatland
access: Nishiyaizu Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Tatebayashi (Gunma)
other buildings / flatland
access: Tatebayashi Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Tatsuno (Hyogo)
other buildings / mt.top
access: Hontatsuno Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending
Tottori (Tottori)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Tottori Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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____________ post pending
Toyama Castle, 富山城 Tsuwano Castle in Shimane Tsuyama Castle in Okayama, 津山城
Toyama (Toyama)
reconstructed / flatland
access: Toyama Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 01/2011
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Tsuwano (Shimane)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Tsuwano Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 02/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Tsuyama (Okayama)
other buildings / hilltop
access: Tsuyama Sta.
tourist info: 300¥ fee
visited: 04/2011
rating:
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Ueda Castle Uegusuku Castle Uwajima Castle in Okayama, 津山城
Ueda (Nagano)
other buildings / flatland
access: Ueda Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 08/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Kume (Okinawa)
ruins / hilltop
access: Kume Island
tourist info: free
visited: 01/2013
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Uwajima (Ehime)
original / hilltop
access: Uwajima Sta.
tourist info: 200¥ fee
visited: 09/2012
rating:
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____________ blog post

 

 

Wakayama Castle, 和歌山城 Wakayama (Wakayama)
reconstructed / hilltop
access: Wakayama Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 07/2011
rating:
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Yamagata Castle, 山形城 Yamato Koriyama Castle Yoshinogari in Saga
Yamagata (Yamagata)
other buildings / flatland
access: Yamagata Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Yamato Koriyama (Nara)
other buildings / mt.top
access: Y. Koriyama Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2013
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ blog post
Yoshinogari (Saga)
other buildings / flatland
access: Kanzaki Sta.
tourist info: 400¥ fee
visited: 12/2012
rating:
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____________ post pending

 

 

Zakimi Castle Zeze Castle
Yomitan (Okinawa)
ruins / mountaintop
access: Naha
tourist info: free
visited: 12/2012
rating:
____________ website flag
____________ post pending
Otsu (Shiga)
other buildings / flatland
access: Zeze Sta.
tourist info: free
visited: 04/2013
rating:
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____________ blog post

 

 

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