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Castles of the Kansai Region - an introduction

There are some 148 Castles spread around Japan, with about 22 in the Kansai Region.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview :  Dating from the late 15th-century, to the early 16th-century,castle construction in Japan was at it's peak.They were built to guard... more »

Tips:  The public transport system in Japan is second-to-none. You can get to the most isolated towns/villages anywhere in Japan, and, you... more »

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Points of Interest

Osaka Castle is widely known as an emblem of the power and fortune of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1536-1598),a Daimyo (a generic term referring to a powerful territorial lord)during the Sengoku Period. He was responsible for unifying the political factions of Japan.

Himeji Castle is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle. Unlike many other Japanese castles, Himeji-jo was never destroyed in wars,earthquakes or fires and survives in it's original form.
It is both a "National Treasure" and a "U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site".
From April 2010 to March 2014, renovation works are being carried-out... More

Nijo Castle was build by Tokugawa Iyasu (1543 to 1616), founder of the Edo Shogunate (a military rank and historical title for heredity military dictator of Japan), as the Kyoto residence for himself and his successors.
Nijo-jo is one of Kyoto's many "U.N.E.S.C.O's World Heritage Sites".

Hikone-jo,and the adjacent Genkyu-en Gardens, are the centrepiece of Hikone-shi (city).
The cities rise in prominence, during the Tokugawa Shogunate,began with the construction of the castle in the early 1600, and took 20-years to complete.
Most of the structures on the site were declared "Important Cultural Assets" in 1951,with the main... More

Two of Iga's main attractions are the Iga Ueno Castle and the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum. The area around the city is the historical home to the Iga Ninja, or Shinobi, (a covert agent or mercenary of feudal Japan), and is also the birthplace of the haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644 to 1694).
The castle was constructed in 1585 and reconstructed in 1935... More

Construction of Koriyama Castle began in 1580,after Tsutsui Junkei defeated his long-time enemy, Matsunaga Hisahide. Tsutsui then moved to Koriyama and began strengthening the fortifications that were already there, and built Koriyama-jo.
The castle fell into disrepair for a time, when, in 1615, reconstruction of the castle was commissioned.
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In 1585, under the orders of his older brother Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Toyotomi Hidenaga established Wakayama-jo to help rule over the Kii area.When the castle was completed, Hidenaga made Yamato Koriyama-jo his home base, and stationed Kuwayama Shigeharu here in his place.
The castle's current appearance is the result of renovations made by... More