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Series “Touring the Castles of Japan” (Chubu region)

2017.02.23

From ancient times to the Meiji Restoration, tens of thousands of castles were built in Japan. Here, we introduce you to must-visit castles in Nagoya, home of rulers of the 16th century Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the vicinity for travelers to the Chubu region.

Nagoya Castle—a huge castle built by assembled former feudal lords that served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)

Nagoya Castle—a huge castle built by assembled former feudal lords that served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Nagoya Castle—a huge castle built by assembled former feudal lords that served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)2
Nagoya Castle—a huge castle built by assembled former feudal lords that served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)3
Nagoya Castle—a huge castle built by assembled former feudal lords that served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)4
The castle is Nagoya-City’s symbol. Tokugawa Ieyasu, who opened the Edo shogunate, built it mobilizing feudal lords. The 5 level Main Keep, with the golden Shachihoko (mythical half dragon half fish creature) on its roof, was externally restored after WWII. Currently, Honmaru Palace, where the feudal lord of the Owari Domain once lived and also had his office is under restoration.

●052-231-1700 (Nagoya Castle Office)
http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/
●9:00-16:30 (Last admission to the Main Keep and Honmaru Palace 16:00)
●Admission: adults 500 yen
●Closed December 29-January 1

Inuyama Castle—its Main Keep designated as national treasure (Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)

Inuyama Castle—its Main Keep designated as national treasure (Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)
Inuyama Castle—its Main Keep designated as national treasure (Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)2
Inuyama Castle—its Main Keep designated as national treasure (Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)3
The castle, standing on a slightly high hill looking down upon the Kisogawa River, is also called “Hakutei Castle,” named after Li Bai’s poem. Its Main Keep is one of 12 surviving original Main Keeps. The castle was Hideyoshi’s headquarter when Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi clashed in the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute.

●0568-61-1711 (Inuyama Castle Management Office)
http://inuyama-castle.jp/
●9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
●Admission: adults 550 yen
●Closed December 29-31

Ogaki Castle—the other battleground for the Battle of Sekigahara (Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture)

Ogaki Castle—the other battleground for the Battle of Sekigahara (Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture)
Ogaki Castle—the other battleground for the Battle of Sekigahara (Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture)2
Photo: Ogaki City Board of Education

The Ogaki Castle was the base for the western army during the decisive Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The Main Keep is an unusual 4-layer 4-story architecture, which has been restored. Inside the Main Keep, there are dioramas of the battle of Kuisegawa, which was the preliminary skirmish of Sekigahara, and displays of a matchlock gun, a bow, and a spear from those days, which you can actually touch.

●0584-74-7875
http://www.ogakikanko.jp/spot/ogakijyo/
●9:00-17:00
●Admission: adults 100 yen
●Closed December 29-January 3, also some temporary closures

Kakegawa Castle—a famous castle that was reconstructed in wood for the first time in 140 years (Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture)

Kakegawa Castle—a famous castle that was reconstructed in wood for the first time in 140 years (Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Kakegawa Castle—a famous castle that was reconstructed in wood for the first time in 140 years (Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture) 2
Kakegawa Castle—a famous castle that was reconstructed in wood for the first time in 140 years (Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture) 3
The castle is related to Yamauchi Katsutoyo, known for great assistance from his wife (naijo no ko), and became a feudal lord of Tosa with her help. You can see the castle from the vicinity of Tokaido Shinkansen’s Kakegawa Station. Kakegawa Castle’s Ninomaru Palace is one of the few surviving palace architectures. In 1994, the Main Keep was the first after WWII to be reconstructed in wood.

●0537-22-1146 (Kakegawa Castle Park Management Office)
http://kakegawajo.com/tensyu/
●9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
●Admission: adult 410 yen
●Open year-round

*The above information was last updated January 1, 2017. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.

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