KANSAI CASTLES

Kansai Castles - Kansai Prefecture features many Japanese Castles including two of the best examples of Japanese Castles in Japan: The World Heritage Himeji Castle and Hikone Castle.

There were many Kansai Castles in the past because the former capitals of Japan, particularly Kyoto and Nara, were in Kansai Prefecture. Kansai Castles are listed below with the World Heritage Sites highlighted with a yellow background.

Kansai Castles - Himeji Castle

Kansai Castles - Himeji Castle

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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