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Best Castles in Japan

photo of Himeji Castle

Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.

photo of Hikone Castle

Kansai | Shiga | Hikone

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and was constructed over a 20 year period.

photo of Nijo Castle

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle was the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu and was the imperial palace for a time before it was donated.

photo of Osaka Castle

Kansai | Osaka | Osaka City

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but after being destroyed and rebuilt many times it was converted into a modern museum.

photo of Ueno Castle

Kansai | Mie | Iga Ueno

Ueno Castle

Ueno Castle has the highest stone walls in Japan and was originally constructed in the 16th century.