Japanese Castles for budget travellers

Japanese Castles for budget travellers2018-07-10T17:12:33+00:00

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!

Best castles in Japan

Bitchu-Takahashi

For some reason completely unknown to most tourists, including Japanese tourists, Bitchu-Takahashi (備中高梁) presented one of the most surprising castles [...]

Matsue

Matsue (松江) is a pleasant castle city, known as the 'city of water' due to its spiralling canals and setting [...]

Kanazawa

Kanazawa (金沢) is one of the major cities in central Japan, and is a good place to take a rest, [...]

Kumamoto

Kumamoto (熊本) is a medium sized city in Kyushu well known for it's wonderful castle, and now also famous for [...]

Shimabara

Shimabara (島原) is a small castle town, from which tourists can take a ferry to Kumamoto. It has a few [...]

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it's castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  It's a great place to [...]

Matsumoto

Matsumoto (松本) is a large city in Nagano prefecture.  The castle and shopping streets make for a nice day, so [...]

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free Japanese garden is nice to [...]

Imperial Palace East Garden

The East Garden, right in the center of Tokyo, is a free park within the Imperial Palace complex.  Highlights include [...]