Category Archives: Castles

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture is hailed as the most fabulous of Japan’s many castles. It is definitely the largest. I had the opportunity to visit Himeji for a half-day at the start of March in 2013. Himeji Castle is a UNESCO World Hertiage site. Restoration Over the past several years, the main keep of Himeji Castle has been covered by a giant scaffolding that is essentially a building that encircles the high roof. The internal structure has been reinforced

Osaka Castle Grounds

Japan has many castles, but Osaka’s is perhaps one of the most well-known and most visually stunning of them all. Nestled within the sprawling and modern city, Osaka Castle is part historical monument, park, and attraction all at once. It is well worth a visit if only to explore the beautiful grounds surrounding the exterior of the castle. The towering structure is encircled by more than a moat. Trees, walkways, and parks form an amazingly interesting border between ancient and

Katsuren Castle

When you hear about Okinawa, you probably envision white sandy beaches, tropical forests, and a bunch of American military.  Well you’re right on those, but Okinawa also has a lot of history, and along with that history are a lot of castles.  A friend of mine on the mainland knows about my interest in those so every once in a while when I fly in, he loads up his family and we all go sightseeing. Last time I was in