Castles in Japan

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  • David B
    York, UK36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the train from Osaka to visit himeji castle early in the morning. We arrived at opening and it was really something spectacular. The whole castle is maintained with the original interior. It is a huge site with some amazing views inside and outside. This really is a must-see!
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • CJS
    Norwich, UK105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another extraordinary building. Beauty and meaning. Japan gently drops these wonderful places on you like leaves falling in autumn.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,397 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unlike most of the other historical exhibits or museums we had visited, here in Osaka castle they have English translation so you can follow the route and pause to read their background and explanations. You can either start from the bottom and climb the stairs to the observatory or queue for the lift to the very top and walk down floor by floor.
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • CJS
    Norwich, UK105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and castle. Greeted by a cohort of entertaining ninjas we explored the wooden interior with many other people. Wonderful experience.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Quang Kiet Le
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam964 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The castle was amazingly beautiful, though has been severely impacted by a strong earthquake years ago. The structure, the the decoration, the landscape - everything was truly amazing to us! One thing to be improved: more English translation is needed, so foreign visitors could read and understand the stories.
    Written November 21, 2023
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  • pattmort
    Sydney, Australia6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular even on a winters day without the greenery, the temple on the grounds just demonstrates the outstanding skill and craftsmanship of Japanese skills at Hommaru Palace.. unfortunately the actual palace building was not open to view, but breathtaking from the outside.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary3,246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had mixed feeling when we visited the Shurijo Castle. It was burnt down in 2019 and it would take years to finish. You could not see the castle at all, it was covered by a mega box.
    Entrance fee was ¥400 per person. We walked inside the castle are but we a little disaapointed to realised that you could not see anything about the castle.
    Written March 4, 2024
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  • Joe T
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice castle with minimal add on, in natural state which is what I like. Not a lot of tourists when I went, so was a bonus. From Okaido walk the way up for the cable car or chairlift to the castle. Wanted to try the chairlift but the weather was too cold. Seems the matsuyama area is famous for mikan (oranges). There at many varieties with different sweetness. Do try.

    Stayed for 2 nights in late Jan 2024. The hotel located about 4 mins walk from the Hiroshima station.

    As I was early, I deposited my luggage to check in later. The hotel has a spacious and comfortable lobby connecting a coffee place. There are free amenities like toothbrush, body towel, tea and coffee bag, cotton bud, etc to take in the lobby area. But for some amenities like hairbrush and shave kit, these are chargable at 100 yen at the reception.

    Room was standard compact for my single room. Just enough space for 1. Room comes with 1 usb port and other charging points. Only has 1 pillow. No drinking water provided, you have to purchase it at the vending machine. Wifi was strong and room was well maintained.

    Surprised that there is a public bath at the 10th floor. It comes with 2 large bath, 1 indoor and outdoor. Nice to have the outdoor bath in cold weather.

    Check out time is10am, which is quite different from others I have stayed which is the usual 12pm.

    I do understand the need to be environment friendly, but charging guests for amenities? Was ok for me as I brought my own. But drinking water? At least have a water dispenser in the hotel for guests to take drinking water. Most likely will not be back.

    There is a nice hiroshima okonomiyaki place near the hotel at 6F of Full Focus building. There are many stalls on the 6F, all selling okonomiyaki, you can choose your own.

    If you are travelling to Matsuyama from Hiroshima, take the tram no. 5 from Hiroshima station to reach the Hiroshima Port Center to take the super jet. Currently there are discount for tourist at 5600 yen one way. You can email and book ahead using the super jet website by using their Japanese webpage to send a query. Somehow the English webpage does not have this option.

    Do note that at the Matsuyama port, the iyotetsu limousine bus from the port to the various area is not available. I did not know and purchased the iyotetsu 1 day pass in advance. Though I can still use the pass within Matsuyama but was not worth the cost if the limousine bus is not available. Taxi from Matsuyama port to dogo onsen cost about 3300 yen.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Martina1888
    Inverness, UK513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Matsue Castle is one of the 12 original Castles of Japan and absolutely worth a visit! It does look impressive from the outside and it's the same inside. I could really feel the history within its walls. There are intriguing exhibitions on each floor with displays also in English. The view from the top floor is, of course, amazing. My favourite castle!
    Written November 5, 2023
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,926 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a nice sunny winters day there is nothing better than a stroll through the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace . They are not the best Japanese gardens around but there is plenty of history and you can view a serene place in the central part of Tokyo.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • Martina1888
    Inverness, UK513 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inuyama is one of the 12 original castles of Japan and definitely worth a visit. The view over River Kiso and the surrounding area is stunning. Inuyama is perfect for a day trip from Nagoya.
    Written October 21, 2023
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  • wendy d
    Laguna Beach, CA7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In Nov 2023 the TeamLab planet had a temporary show that was spectacular. As you roamed the outside of the castle the show was projected on several walls. Very unique
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • Shlomi T
    Nagano, Japan1,414 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge grounds. Need a lot of time to explore it all.
    Unfortunately it was raining a lot, so I just viewed it from below.
    You can take a boat ride around the castle.
    Written May 23, 2021
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  • Globetrotter10079
    Seattle, WA477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are a Senior Citizen , you can get a discount same price as Junior High student. This castle was rebuilt because, of the bombing of Hiroshima during WW 2. It featured some of the Shogun clothing. The castle is called the Karp castle. The baseball team is called the Hiroshima Carp named after the castle.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Martina1888
    Inverness, UK513 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kochi Castle is one of Japan's original castles and well worth a visit. There's a small exhibition inside, the displays are in Japanese and English. Walk around the castle park as well, there are some statues and more displays.
    Written November 29, 2023
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