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Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle was originally built during the early Edo period as the center of power for one of the three branches, Owari branch, under the Tokugawa Shogunate. During that time Nagoya Castle was one of the largest castles in Japan as well as a booming castle town. Most of the castle was destroyed during World War II by air raids. The current day building was established in 1959, along with a museum containing special exhibits and history of Nagoya Castle. The kinsachi, or the tiger headed carps, on the roof of the castle is a main viewing point for locals and travelers alike. Kinsachi are talismans to prevent fire and is also a symbol of the lord’s authority. A long history of destruction and theft comes along with these golden carps. The total weight of the carps is around 90kgs and 18 carat gold used to make them. The park surrounding the castle is also a popular hanami location during the cherry blossom season in Japan