LIST of JAPANESE CASTLES

List of Japanese Castles - Detailed list of 132 Japanese Castles including history, condition, some include pictures, links to detailed information and interactive map of Japanese Castles.

List of Japanese Castles is in alphabetical order and includes which city and prefecture the castle is located in.

Japanese Castle

Himeji Castle - the best example of a Japanese Castle

Aizu Wakamatsu Castle
Aizu Wakamatsu Castle, also known as Tsuruga Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in the city of Aizu Wakamatsu Fukushima Prefecture. When Aizu Wakamatsu Castle was first constructed i...

Akashi Castle
Akashi Castle is a Japanese Castle in Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture. Akashi Castle was completed in 1619, with major repairs completed in 1739. In 1874 Akashi Castle was demolished except for t...

Ako Castle
Ako Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle on the coast line in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture. Ako Castle was originally constructed around 1615, but substantially dismantled during the Meiji Pe...

Atami Castle

Atami Castle
Atami Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle which stands 120 meters above sea level, where you can overlook the view of the city of Atami and Atami Bay (South of Tokyo Bay). Atami Castle...

Aya Castle
Aya Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt. Ryuubi in Aya Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. In 1331 Koshiro Yoshito ordered the construction of Aya Castle, which derived ...

Azuchi Castle
Azuchi Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle, almost directly above Lake Sainoko and close to the shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture not far from Kyoto. Oda Nobunaga order the const...

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Takahashi (Okayama Prefecture) and is famous for being the Japanese Castle built at the highest altitude above sea level. Bitchu...

Chiba Castle
Chiba Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Inohana Park Chiba city. Chiba Castle was first constructed in 1126 by Chiba Tsuneshige. In 1455 Makuwari Yasutane attacked Chiba Castle an...

Chihaya Castle
Chihaya Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle built on Mt. Kongo (Osaka) in 1332. Chihaya Castle was constructed substantially of earthworks and wooden structures, however today you can...

Echizen Ono Castle
Echizen Ono Castle, also known as Ono Castle and Kameyama Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Ono Fukui Prefecture. Kanamori Nagachika ordered the construction of Echizen Ono Castl...

Edo Castle

Edo Castle
Edo Castle is the flatland style Japanese Castle that forms part of the surroundings of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Today there still remain some walls, moats, turrets and ramparts. Some of t...

Fuchu Castle
Fuchu Castle, also known as Echizen Fuchu Castle, was a flatland style Japanese Castle in Echizen Fukui Prefecture. Maeda Toshiie ordered the construction of Fuchu Castle, which was complete...

Fukuchiyama Castle
Fukuchiyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Fukuchiyama Kyoto Prefecture. An original fort or minor castle was built on the site of Fukuchiyama Castle by the Yokoyama clan. In 1...

Fukui Castle
Fukui Castle was a Japanese Castle in Fukui Fukui Prefecture. There is another unrelated castle in Osaka Prefecture also called Fukui Castle. Fukui Castle was constructed on the orders of Yu...

Fukui Castle Osaka
Fukui Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Ibaraki Osaka Prefecture. Fukui Castle was burnt to the ground in 1657. Today only some earthworks remain. This Fukui Castle is not the sa...

Fukuoka Castle
Fukuoka Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, was a hilltop style Japanese Castle adjacent to Ohori Koen (Park) in Fukuoka. Nagamasa ordered the construction of Fukuoka Castle in 1601. When ...

Fukuyama Castle
Fukuyama Castle, also known as Hisamatsu Castle and Iyo Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Fukuyama Hiroshima Prefecture. Fukuyama Castle was constructed by the Bingo - Fukuyama H...

Funai Castle
Funai Castle, also known as Oita Castle, is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Oita Oita Prefecture. Otomo Sorin, who controlled most of Kyushu, ordered the construction of Funai Castle an...

Funaoka Castle
Funaoka Castle, also known as Shibata Castle, was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Shibata in Miyagi Prefecture. Funaoka Castle was constructed in 1200 under the orders of Shibata Jiro. To...

Fushimi Castle
Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle, was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Fushimi Ward Kyoto. Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered the construction Fushimi Castle was completed in 1594, on...

Gassan Toda Castle
Gassan Toda Castle, also known as Toda Castle, was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Yasugi Shimane Prefecture. Gassan Toda Castle is regarded as one of Japan's Five Greatest Mountain Castl...

Gifu Castle
Gifu Castle is a hill top style Japanese castle in Gifu. Gifu Castle was originally built in 1201 by the Nikaido clan. Gifu Castle was later destroyed in 1600. The castle was later restored ...

Gujo Hachiman Castle
Gujo Hachiman Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Hachiman in Gujo Gifu Prefecture. Endo Morikazu ordered the construction of Gujo Hachiman Castle which was completed in 1559. Mo...

Hagi Castle
Hagi Castle, also known as Shizuki Castle, is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the city of Hagi Yamaguchi Prefecture. While Hagi Castle was a flatland style castle, it was in many respect...

Hakumai Castle
Hakumai Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Matsuzaka in Mie Prefecture. Today all that remains of Hakumai Castle is a few ruins and monument to mark the location....

Hamamatsu Castle
Hamamatsu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Hamamatsu Shizuoka Prefecture. Hikuma Castle had been built on the site of Japanese Castle in the early 1500s by the Imagawa clan. Tokugawa Ieyasu o...

Hiji Castle
Hiji Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle along the coastline of Beppu Bay in Hiji Oita Prefecture. In 1601 Kinoshita Nobutoshi ordered the construction of Hiji Castle and it was desig...

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle
Hikone Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Hikone Shiga Prefecture near Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Hikone Castle is one of the oldest intact Japanese castles and is class...

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is the best example of a Japanese castle as it has never been destroyed or even damaged in war. Himeji Castle was completed in 1609, but a fort existed on the site as early as ...

Hirado Castle
Hirado Castle, also known as Kameoka Castle, is a mountain top Japanese Castle in Hirado Nagasaki Prefecture. Hirado Castle was constructed on top a peninsula which protruded into Hirado Bay...

Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the central of Hirosaki city, Aomori Prefecture . Hirosaki Castle, also known as Takaoka Castle, was built in 1611, however the current...

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle is flatland style Japanese castle in Hiroshima city. Mori Terumoto ordered the construction Hiroshima Castle in 1589 and it was completed in 1591. Hiroshima Castle featured ...

Hizen Nagoya Castle
Hizen Nagoya Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Karatsu Saga Prefecture, in what was at the time of construction Hizen Province. Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered the construction of Hiz...

Ichinomiya Castle
Ichinomiya Castle was a hilltop castle only a few kilometres to the west of Tokushima City Tokushima Prefecture, where Tokushima Castle once stood. Ichinomiya Castle was used by the Ichinomi...

Iga Ueno Castle
Iga Ueno Castle also known as Ueno Castle or Hakuho Castle is a Japanese Castle in Iga Mie Prefecture. Iga Ueno Castle was first established in 1585 under the order of Takigawa Katsutoshi. T...

Ikeda Castle
Ikeda Castle, in Ikeda Osaka, is a Japanese Castle, which was built in 1334 and destroyed around 1568 after a loss in a battle. In 2000 a modern reconstruction of the donjon (tower) of Ikeda...

Imabari Castle
Imabari Castle is a Mizujiro (castle in the sea) style Japanese Castle on the coast line in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Imabari Castle was constructed by the order of...

Ina Castle
Ina Castle was a Japanese Castle in the Kozakai area of Toyokawa City Aichi Prefecture. Honda Sadatada ordered the construction of Ina Castle around 1440. Ina Castle was afforded natural p...

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle
Inuyama Castle is a Japanese Castle, in the city of Inuyama Aichi Prefecture, near Nagoya. Inuyama Castle is thought to be the oldest Japanese Castle with the original castle starting constr...

Iwabitsu Castle
Iwabitsu Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Iwabitsu in Higashigatsuma Gunma Prefecture. Iwabitsu Castle was contructed by the Azuma Taro Sukefusa in 15th century. In 1615 Toku...

Iwakuni Castle
Iwakuni Castle was a Japanese Castle in Iwakuni Yamaguchi Prefecture which was completed in 1608, only to be dismantled in 1615 as part of the Tokugawa Shogun ate order of "One Castle Per Pr...

Iwasaki Castle
Iwasaki Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Nisshin Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobuhide ordered the construction of Iwasaki Castle in the early 16th century, but lost it in battle to Ma...

Iwayado Castle
Iwayado Castle (also known as Shakuchi Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Oshu Iwate Prefecture. Iwayado Castle was a hilltop castle design. Today only ruins remain of Iwayado Castle and Hachi...

Kagoshima Castle
Kagoshima Castle, also known as Tsurumarujo Castle, was a flatland Japanese Castle in Kagoshima Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima Castle was completed in 1601 by Shimazu Iehisa, shortly after ...

Kameyama Castle
Kameyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Kameyama Mie Prefecture. Kameyama Castle was established in 1254 by Seki Sanetada, however this was dismantled to allow the construction...

Kaminoyama Castle
Kaminoyama Castle, also known as Tsukioka Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in the city of Kaminoyama Yamagata Prefecture . Kaminoyama Castle was constructed by Buei Yoshitada of Mo...

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle
Kanazawa Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Kanazawa right next to Kenrokuen, which originally was the private garden of the castle. Kanazawa Castle was built in 1583 by the order ...

Kannonji Castle
Kannonji Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on the peak of Mt Kinugasa in Azuchi Shiga Prefecture, not far from Kyoto and close to the location of Azuchi Castle. The name for Kannonj...

Karatsu Castle
Karatsu Castle, also known as the Dancing Crane Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on the coastline of Karatsu Bay at the mouth of the Matsuura River in Karatsu Saga Prefecture. Kara...

Kasugayama Castle
Kasugayama Castle, also known as Hachigamine Castle, was a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Joetsu in Niigata Prefecture in the Chubu region. Kasugayama Castle was originally constructed...

Katsuren Castle

Katsuren Castle
Katsuren Castle is believed to be the oldest castle in Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Katsuren Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle. Katsuren Castle over looks Awase an...

Kawagoe Castle
Kawagoe Castle, is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the city of Kawagoe Saitama Prefecture and not far from Tokyo. Kawagoe Castle was built in 1457 by Uesugi Mochitomo to provide protecti...

Kishiwada Castle

Kishiwada Castle
Kishiwada Castle (also known as Chikiri Castle), in Kishiwada Southern Osaka, is a flatland style Japanese Castle, which was built by order of Hideaway Koide in 1597, on the site of a fort ...

Kitsuki Castle
Kitsuki Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on a 30m high rock platform along the coastline of Morie Bay in Kitsuki Oita Prefecture. Yorinao Kizuki ordered the construction of Kitsuki...

Kiyosu Castle
Kiyosu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Kiyosu Aichi Prefecture. Shiba Yoshishige ordered the construction of Kiyosu Castle in 1394 and it was completed in 1427. Kiyosu Castle was a support ca...

Kochi Castle
Kochi Castle is in the city of Kochi on the island of Shikoku. Kochi Castle was completed in 1611, however this structure burnt down in 1727. Kochi Castle was then rebuilt in the same style ...

Kofu Castle
Kofu Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Kofu Yamanashi Prefecture. In 1583, after Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan he ordered the construction of Kof...

Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle is Japanese Castle in Kitakyushu Fukuoka Prefecture. Hosokawa Tadaoki ordered the construction of Kokura Castle in 1602. Between 1632 and 1860 Kokura Castle was controlled by t...

Komakiyama Castle
Komakiyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Komaki in Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga ordered the construction of Komakiyama Castle which was completed in 1563. Komakiyama Cast...

Komine Castle
Komine Castle, also known as Shirakawa Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in the city of Shirakawa Fukushima Prefecture. Chikatomo Yuki ordered the construction of Komine Castle in 1...

Komoro Castle
Komoro Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle in Komoro in Nagano Prefecture. Komoro Castle was first built in 1554, with the donjon added in 1590. The donjon later burnt down in the Edo...

Koriyama Castle
Koriyama Castle (also known as Yamato Koriyama Castle) is a mountain top style Japanese Castle which was completed in 1580. Koriyama Castle is Yamatokoriyama in Nara Prefecture. Today only s...

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Castle is Kumamoto's most famous landmark. Kumamoto Castle is a large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japanese Castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete re...

Kushima Castle
Kushima Castle, also known as Omura Castle, is a Japanese Castle in the city of Omura in Nagasaki Prefecture. Kushima Castle, completed in 1599, is famous for the mass poisoning of Japanese ...

Marugame Castle
Marugame Castle is in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. Marugame Castle, also known as Kameyama Castle and Horai Castle, began as a fortified residence in 1587, but was later turned into a castle...

Maruoka Castle
Maruoka Castle, in Maruoka in Fukui Prefecture, is famous for having the oldest donjon (keep) of any Japanese Castle. Maruoka Castle was built in 1576 under orders from Shibata Katsutoyo, ho...

Matsue Castle
Matsue Castle is in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and was completed in 1611. Matsue Castle, also known as "black" or "Plover" castle, is the second largest Japanese Castle. In 1875 all the buil...

Matsumae Castle
Matsumae Castle, also known as Fukuyama Castle, is a flatland style Japanese Castle in Matsumae Hokkaido. Matsumae Castle was the only full castle built in Hokkaido and the last castle built...

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto Castle is one of only four Japanese Castles that is classified as a National Treasure. Ma...

Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle, on Mt Matsuyama in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. Matsuyama Castle was completed in 1603 with a five story donjon (keep) which ...

Matsuzaka Castle
Matsuzaka Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Matsuzaka Mie Prefecture. Matsuzaka Castle was constructed in 1588 by the order of Gamo Ujisato, complete with a three story donjon. T...

Minakuchi Castle
Minakuchi Castle, also known as Hekisui Castle, is a plain style Japanese Castle in Koka Shiga Prefecture. Tokugawa Iemitsu ordered the construction of Minakuchi Castle, which was completed ...

Minowa Castle
Minowa Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in Takasaki Gunma Prefecture. Minowa Castle was constructed in 1526 by Nagano Narimasa and cover an extensive forty seven hectares. In 1566...

Mito Castle
Mito Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Mito Ibaraki Prefecture. Today it is very difficult to see that Mito Castle ever existed. Mito Castle never featured large stone walls or a...

Morioka Castle
Morioka Castle (also known as Kozukata Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Iwate Park, Morioka Iwate Prefecture. Morioka Castle was built for Nobunao and completed in 1633. Today only the grani...

Nagahama Castle

Nagahama Castle
Nagahama Castle, in Nagahama Shiga Prefecture, is a 1983 concrete reconstruction of the castle built in 1576. This castle was demolished in 1615 with parts and materials used in the construc...

Nagashino Castle
Nagashino Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in what is now Shinshiro Aichi Prefecture. Imagawa Ujichika ordered the construction of Nagashino Castle in 1508 for the protection of h...

Nago Castle
Nago Castle was a Japanese Castle built in the 14th century and in Nago on the island of Okinawa. Today only ruins remain of Nago Castle....

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle is a flat land sytle Japanese Castle with a massive inner moat and wall in the city of Nagoya. Nagoya Castle is particularly famous as it Tokugawa Ieyasu who ordered the constr...

Nakagusuku Castle

Nakagusuku Castle
Nakagusuku Castle in Kitanakagusuku Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Nakagusuku Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle built in approximately 1440 by legendary Ryukyuan com...

Nakatsu Castle
Nakatsu Castle is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Nakatsu Oita Prefecture. In 1587 Kuroda Yoshitaka ordered the construction of Nakatsu Castle, however it was still not completed by 160...

Nakijin Castle
Nakijin Castle in Nakijin Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Nakijin Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the late 13th century, and was constructed by ...

Nihonmatsu Castle
Nihonmatsu Castle, also known as Kasumiga Castle, is a mountain top style Japanese Castle in Nihonmatsu Fukushima Prefecture. Nihonmatsu Castle was built around 1430 and was destroyed by fir...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle in Kyoto includes Nimomaru Palace and the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several beautiful Japanese gardens. Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Si...

Nirengi Castle
Nirengi Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Toda Munemitsu ordered the construction of Nirengi Castle in 1493 as a forward base to be used against Tame Ma...

Nishikawa Castle
Nishikawa Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Saigo Kiyokazu ordered the construction of Nishikawa Castle around the 1530's to provide support to Wachigay...

Noda Castle
Noda Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Shinshiro Aichi Prefecture. Suganuma Sadanori constructed a fort on the site in 1508, which was lost in battle to the Imagawa clan in 1560. S...

Obama Castle
Obama Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle near the city of Nihonmatsu Fukushima Prefecture. Obama Castle was constructed by the Ishibashi clan members in the Muromachi period. In 1568...

Odani Castle
Odani Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Odani in Kohoku Shiga Prefecture. Odani Castle was built by the Azai clan, but fell to Oda Noburnaga in a siege. Odani Castle is consid...

Odawara Castle
Odawara Castle was the original focus of the Odawara city. Odawara Castle was built in 1447 on a hill and was surrounded by a moat on the low side and dry ditches on the high side. Odawara C...

Oka Castle
Oka Castle was a mountain top style Japanese Castle in Taketa Oita Prefecture. Oka Castle was originally constructed in 1185, with many improvements and repairs completed around 1332. After ...

Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle
Okayama Castle, Okayama, is popularly known as Crow Castle as it is painted a striking black. Okayama Castle is next to Korakuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan....

Okazaki Castle
Okazaki Castle is a Japanese Castle in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. Okazaki Castle was demolished in during the Meiji Restoration (1874). A modern reconstruction of donjon was built in 1959....

Omi Hachiman Castle
Omi Hachiman Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Hachiman in Omi Hachiman Shiga Prefecture. Omi Hachiman Castle commanded a great view of the plain below including a large part ...

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle and Osaka's most famous landmark. While the main donjon (tower) is modern reconstruction, Osaka Castle features thirteen structures which are...

Otsu Castle
Otsu Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in the city of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture and near Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and the former capital of Japan, Kyoto. Toyotomi Hideyo...

Ozu Castle
Ozu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Ozu Castle was constructed by the order of Utsunomiya Toyofusa in 1331. Between 1585 and 1617 was upgraded ...

Saga Castle
Saga Castle, also known as the Submerged Castle, is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Saga City Saga Prefecture. On the site of the current Saga Castle there had been a fort or minor cast...

Saiki Castle
Saiki Castle, also known as Tsuruya Castle, was a hill top style Japanese Castle in Saiki Oita Prefecture. Mori Takamasa ordered the construction of Saiki Castle and it was completed in 1606...

Sakamoto Castle
Sakamoto Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle on the shoreline of Lake Biwa in Sakamoto Shiga Prefecture. Sakamoto Castle was the home base for Akechi Mitsuhide, an aid to Nobunaga, w...

Sawayama Castle
Sawayama Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Sawa in Hikone Shiga Prefecture. Sawayama Castle was built by the Azai clan, but control transferred to Ishida Mitsunari after the d...

Sendai Castle
Sendai Castle, also known Aoba Castle, was a mountain top style Japanese Castle in Sendai Miyagi Prefecture. Sendai Castle was built on the orders of Date Masamune on top of Mt Aoba which ov...

Setagaya Castle
Setagaya Castle was a flat land style Japanese Castle located in what today is Setagaya Ward Tokyo. Kira ordered the construction of Setagaya Castle and it was completed in 1394. Setagaya Ca...

Shibata Castle
Shibata Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Shibata in Niigata Prefecture in the Chubu region. Construction of Shibata Castle started under Mizoguchi Hidekatsu, but was not comp...

Shigisan Castle
Shigisan Castle was a mountain top style Japanese Castle on the summit of Mount Shigi in Nara Prefecture. Shigisan Castle was completed in 1536 and further expanded in 1559 to include a four...

Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle, also known as Moritake Castle and Korai Castle, is a flatland Japanese Castle in Shimabara Nagasaki Prefecture. Shimabara Castle was completed in 1624 and came under siege ...

Shiroishi Castle
Shiroishi Castle is a Japanese Castle in Shiroishi Miyagi Prefecture. There was fort on the site of Shiroishi Castle, prior to construction of Shiroishi Castle in the 1590's. Shiroishi Castl...

Shoryuji Castle
Shoryuji Castle is a Japanese Castle in Nagaokakyo Kyoto Prefecture. The construction of Shoryuji Castle was ordered in 1339 by Hosokawa Yoriharu, a key samurai commander. Shoryuji Castle wa...

Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle
Shuri Castle in Shuri Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Shuri Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the 14th century, and was constructed by the Ryukyu ...

Sunpu Castle
Sunpu Castle, in Shizuoka city, is also known as Fuchu Castle or Shizuoka Castle. A new Sunpu Castle was built in 1585 by Tokugawa Ieyasu on the site where a smaller castle or fort had been....

Tahara Castle
Tahara Castle (also known as Hako Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Tahara Aichi Prefecture. Munemitsu Toda constructed Tahara Castle in 1480. Today the Tahara Municipal Museum is on the site...

Takamatsu Castle
Takamatsu Castle is along the coastline in the city of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Takamatsu Castle was completed in 1590, and is one of only three Japanese Castle surrounded by wate...

Takaoka Castle
Takaoka Castle was a Japanese Castle built around 1600 and only to be dismantled in 1615 as part of the Tokugawa Shogunate order of "One Castle Per Province". Today only ruins remain includi...

Takato Castle
Takato Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle in Ina Nagano Prefecture. Takato Castle was constructed around 1550, but was largely demolished in 1871 as part of the Meiji Restoration. To...

Takayama Castle
Takayama Castle, in Takayama, was built in on 627m high mountain with stone base, earth work defences and a moat. Construction of Takayama Castle began in 1588 and by 1600 the main and secon...

Tokushima Castle
Tokushima Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture. Tokushima Castle was constructed in 1585, with a donjon added in three years later. Around 1615 the do...

Tottori Castle
Tottori Castle was a mountain style Japanese Castle in Tottori Tottori Prefecture in Chugoku region. In 1581 Tottori Castle was besieged by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which lasted 200 days forcing ...

Toyama Castle
Toyama Castle, also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the city of Toyama Toyama Prefecture. Toyama Castle was constructed around 1543 by the Jinbo clan as their c...

Tsu Castle
Tsu Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in Tsu in Mie Prefecture. An earlier fort or minor castle was built on the site of Tsu Castle by Hosono Fujiatsu in 1558. Tsu Castle became a ...

Tsuruoka Castle
Tsuruoka Castle was a Japanese Castle in Tsuruoka Yamagata Prefecture. Today only ruins remain of Tsuruoka Castle....

Tsuyama Castle
Tsuyama Castle is a Japanese Castle in Tsuyama Okayama Prefecture. The former grounds of Tsuyama Castle are now known as Kakuzan Park, which is famous for its cherry blossom that can be seen...

Ueda Castle
Ueda Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Ueda in Nagano Prefecture. Ueda Castle was constructed by the well known samurai leader, Sanada Masayuki, in 1583. Shortly after the com...

Urado Castle
Urado Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle at the entrance to Urado Bay in Kochi City Kochi Prefecture. Urado Castle was used by Chosokabe Motochika for a period after 1591. In 1600 t...

Urasoe Castle
Urasoe Castle was an Okinawan style Japanese Castle in Urasoe on the island of Okinawa. At the time of its construction in the late 13th century, Urasoe Castle was the centre of the Chuzan p...

Usuki Castle
Usuki Castle, also known as Niyuujima Castle, is a hill top style Japanese Castle on the island of Niyuujima in Usuki Bay Oita Prefecture. Otomo Sorin ordered the construction of Usuki Castl...

Uwajima Castle
Uwajima Castle is a Japanese Castle in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, is also known as Tsurushima-jo. Uwajima Castle was built in 1596 and was expanded in 1671. The donjon (tower) is a designate...

Wakayama Castle
Wakayama Castle, in Wakayama City at the mouth of Kii River, is a Japanese Castle that was constructed in 1585 by Hidenaga Toyotomi, on the site of minor castle called Ota Castle. Ota Castle...

Yamagata Castle
Yamagata Castle is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Yamagata. Yamagata Castle was first constructed in 1356 by Shiba Kaneyori (who later changed his name to Mogami. In 1592, under Mogami...

Yodo Castle
Yodo Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in Yodo Kyoto. Matsudaira Hidetada ordered the construction of Yodo Castle to protect Kyoto from the south. The construction of Yodo Castle w...

Yoshida Castle
Yoshida Castle (also known as Imahashi Castle and Toyohashi Castle) is a flatland style Japanese Castle in Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Makino Kohaku ordered the construction of Yoshida Castl...

Yuzuki Castle
Yuzuki Castle was a Japanese Castle near Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture. Yuzuki Castle was upgraded from a fort in the 16th century, but was destroyed in battle in 1585 by Toyotomi...

Zakimi Castle

Zakimi Castle
Zakimi Castle in Yomitan Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Zakimi Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which was completed in 1422 by the Ryukyuan military leader Gosamaru...

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