Snow falling on Hikone Castle Hikone Castle is an Edo period castle in the city of Hikone City, in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It is considered the most significant historical building in Shiga. Hikone is one of only 12 Japanese castles with the original keep, and one of only four castles listed as a national treasure.
Iwakuni Castle was built in 1608, at the beginning of the Edo Period. The site of the castle was chosen for its natural defensive advantages on top of Mount Shiroyama and half surrounded by a natural moat, the Nishiki River. The castle keep is four stories high, and looks out onto the city 200 meters below.
Ueno Castle, originally constructed in the late 16th century and later enlarged, served as the seat of the local lords during the Edo Period. The castle tower was destroyed in a storm less than 50 years later and not rebuilt until 1935 when a local resident provided funding for the tower's reconstruction.
I'd love to visit this place next year: Okazaki Castle is located in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. About an hour from Nagoya. At the end of the Edo period, Okazaki Castle was home to the Honda clan, daimyō of Okazaki Domain, but the castle is better known for its association with Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Tokugawa clan. It is a great place to enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Chu-hai! =)