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Visiting castles of Hyogo

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In Hyogo divided into "five countries" of Settsu, Harima, Tajima, tamba, Awaji Landmark and castle where it is of each local. The region has 21 castle ruins that have been designated by the government as historic landmarks, more than anywhere else in Japan. In addition to the Unesco World Heritage Site and National Treasure Himeji Castle, the castles of Akashi, Ako, Tatsuno, Takeda, Sasayama, and Sumoto are exemplary castles of Hyogo prefecture. Going for a walk in the elegant and historic streets of the castle towns is a great way to experience the sites.

Castle of Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture is said to have over 1000 castles, and it certainly does have a great many. There are a lot of famous castles in Japan. We can look at castle on the mountain and castle where you including a certain castle are various in town.

Way of enjoying castles

The castles of Japan are built especially well, even among the many other structures built with Japanese architecture. By looking at the castles from other directions, and not just from the front, you will begin to understand their structure. Generally, castles are built in beautiful locations with features like cherry blossoms or trees with colorful autumn leaves. Try looking at different castles during each season of the year.


Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is registered with world's cultural heritage of the UNESCO. This castle is representative castle in castle which is in Japan a lot. Its beautiful white walls have earned it the nickname of "White Heron Castle". And with the repairs on its wooden structures being completed in March 2015, it has taken on an even more beautiful form. The castle tower provides an unobstructed view of Himeji. A guided tour is available for foreigners free of charge.



Akashi Castle Ruins

Akashi Castle is located in Akashi Park. It is castle which two oars of beautiful figure are characterized by. There is robot with figure of samurai as entrance. Robot sounds drum and informs time. It is a famous place for cherry blossom viewing in spring, and the surrounding park is full of plant life.



Tatsuno Castle

The stone walls are currently the only original remnants of Tatsuno Castle. The white walls and gate have been recreated. There are building and temple which were mansion of samurai in the outskirts. Japanese traditional cityscape remains. I highly recommend taking a walk around the Tatsuno Castle's castle town. Spring is famous as place where cherry tree blooms. Approximately 3,000 cherry trees bloom at Western place.



Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle is built on the summit of a mountain at 354m above sea level. Of the original structure, the large-scale stone wall still remains atop the mountain. The structure strongly resembles the shape of a sleeping tiger. You will also find a cover of fog in the early morning of sunny fall days. This causes the stone walls to appear to be rising out of the clouds. This phenomenon has made some also refer to the castle as the "Castle in the Sky".



Sasayama Castle Ruins

Large-scale stone wall is left in Sasayama Castle. Stone wall piled up highly is powerful. A traditional Japanese building called O-syoin also remains. The building houses a museum. In spring, about 1000 cherry blossoms bloom along the moat of Sasayama castle. When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, the area is lit up at night. I recommend that you go for a walk around the castle town.



Sumoto Castle

Sumoto Castle is located atop a mountain. The highly stacked stone wall on the southern side is very impressive. The stone wall exists exactly as it was when it was built. From the top of the mountain you can get a clear view of the Sumoto townscape and the ocean. I really want you to see the scenery. The area around the castle is also famous for its cherry blossoms. At night, the castle is illuminated.


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