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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. It also has many of Japan's most famous castles. 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 as a Unesco World Heritage Site. This particular castle is especially exemplary even among the many other castles of Japan. 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. Guides offer tours here free of charge and can accommodate foreign visitors.



Akashi Castle Ruins

Akashi Castle is located in Akashi Park. It is castle which two oars of beautiful figure are characterized by. At the entrance, there is a robotic rendition of a samurai. The robot drums to announce the 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. Nearby, there are buildings that were once the residence of samurai as well as a temple. The traditional Japanese townscape also remains. I highly recommend taking a walk around the Tatsuno Castle's castle town. It is a famous place to view cherry blossoms in the spring. The west side of the area has around 3000 cherry blossom trees.



Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle was built on top of a mountain at an elevation of 354m above sea level. A top the mountain is a massive stone wall. The shape of the wall is said to look like a crouching tiger. In the early morning on clear days in fall through winter, a fog develops that causes Takeda Castle to appear to float out of the clouds. In some seasons, it appears to float out of the clouds. For that reason, it is also referred to as a “castle in the sky.”



Sasayama Castle Ruins

Sasayama Castle retains a massive stone wall from when the castle was fortified. The looming stone walls are impressive to behold. There is also a historic building that was used to entertain guests in olden times. Today, it serves as a museum. In spring, about 1,000 cherry trees surrounding the moat of Sasayama Castle bloom. During the cherry blossom season, there are light-ups in the evenings. I recommend taking a stroll of the old castle town here.



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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