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

Nijo Castle

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

Matsumoto

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

Osaka Castle

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

Takamatsu

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

Nagoya

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

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...

Bitchu-Takahashi – Secret mountain castle

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

Kanazawa

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

Kumamoto

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

Okayama – Experience one of Japans best gardens

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

Marugame

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

Hiroshima

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

Sendai

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

Matsue – half price heaven!

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

Kochi

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

Shurijo Castle

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

Shimabara

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

Imperial Palace East Garden (FREE)

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

Himeji

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

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