Japanese Castles for budget travellers

Japan, with a rich history of warring factions and clans, has built up an impressive collection of castles. They all vary in design, but most retain a very Japanese feel. Make sure you include a visit to one on your next visit to Japan!

Highlights

All castles

Nagoya

Most people will just transfer trains here or continue past to Osaka and Kyoto, but...

Sendai

Sendai (仙台) is one of the biggest cities in Tohoku. It is not an essential visit,...

Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen – Shikoku’s special hot spring city

Matsuyama (松山) is a popular tourist city in Shikoku, best known for Dogo Onsen (道後温泉). Considered to...

Kanazawa

Kanazawa (金沢) is one of the major cities in central Japan, and is a good...

Matsue – half price heaven!

Matsue (松江) is a pleasant castle city, known as the 'city of water' due to...

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it's castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995....

Okayama – Experience one of Japans best gardens

Okayama (岡山) is a large city in Chugoku, known across the country for it’s Korakuen...

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free...

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a recently rebuilt castle in central Osaka.  There is a large park...

Kumamoto

Kumamoto (熊本) is a medium sized city in Kyushu well known for it's wonderful castle,...

Takamatsu

While Takamatsu (高松) is sometimes missed out of an average persons Shikoku trip, it has a...

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it's one that must be...

Bitchu-Takahashi – Secret mountain castle

For some reason completely unknown to most tourists, including Japanese tourists, Bitchu-Takahashi (備中高梁) presented one...

Imperial Palace East Garden (FREE)

The East Garden, right in the center of Tokyo, is a free park within the...

Matsumoto

Matsumoto (松本) is a large city in Nagano prefecture.  The castle and shopping streets make...

Shurijo Castle

Shurijo Castle Park (首里城公園) is a world heritage listed national park and castle near Naha...

Marugame

Marugame (丸亀) is a large city in northern Kyushu, and a good stop-off before visiting...

Kochi

Kochi (高知) is a large city in southern Kyushu containing the usual attractions of shrines...

Shimabara

Shimabara (島原) is a small castle town, from which tourists can take a ferry to...

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