Japanese Castles


Henry Nickless

Japan, a land of pink trees and fresh fish is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Castles in Japan are buildings that have been around for many years. Through countless earthquakes and wars a few still stand today. These impressive buildings can be very large or relatively small. Many castles In japan today are not original castles or have been repaired many times before. 

One castle, the Himeji castle, more commonly known as the white heron castle, is one of the largest in japan. This architectural feat has undergone renovations, has survived earthquakes, and is still considered one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Perched atop a hill in the Hyogo Prefecture, this old castle is now open to the public. You can visit this castle and explore inside this nearly 400 year old castle. This castle was ordered to be built by a samurai for it to serve as a fortress. 83 buildings make up this fortress, with beautiful white walls hence the name.

That is not the only castle that Japan boasts to the public. The matsumoto and osaka castles are also castles that still stand today in Japan. Both have withstood earthquakes, extreme weather and even raids during war time. Obviously these castles are built well and made to be powerful unbreakable fortresses. Easily accessible and easy to explore castles like these are still found across japan although, castles of this caliber are hard to find. These castles have served as storehouses, religious places, and popular places for tourists to visit. Cherry trees also litter the ground around these castles making spring time beautiful, giving the castles a pink backdrop.

Obviously, these castles are beautiful and a must-see for anyone traveling to japan.