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Folding Lego Samurai Not Included

This eye-popping Lego pop-up book is a pretty accurate representation of one of Japan's most beloved castles!

Top 10 Castles in Tohoku

Spared many of the fierce territorial battles of the Warring States Period, the castles of northeastern Japan are a little different from those you'll find to the south and west.

Japan’s Three Famous Castles

Called 'sanmeijo' in Japanese, the three castles on this list have been chosen based on their significance to history and culture, as well as their scale and grandeur.

Shiga: Lakes, Ziplines, Water & Castles

Take a zipline above Japan's largest lake!

Ise Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura

Check out this historical theme park that recreates the golden age of samurai!

5 'Castle in the Sky'-Inspired Bento

Can't get enough of Castle in the Sky? Why not try eating some!

The 4 Forts & Castles of Hokkaido

Hokkaido has only one castle; the rest of its fortifications are actually relatively modern forts. And in the late 1860s, they were the site of the last hurrah of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

How to Find the Remains of Zeze Castle

Many castles in Japan are easy to find, as they are official landmarks treasured by the country. However, there are also some hidden gems that are less frequently visited, but worth the venture if you know where to find them!

8 Things Not to Miss in Okinawa

Known for its beautiful beaches, Okinawa is one of the most famous resort destinations in Japan. Here are eight things you don't want to miss while you're there!

Get a 3-D Puzzle of Odawara Castle

Want a piece of history? How about a detailed 1/175 replica of Odawara Castle?

Japan's 3 Great Mountain Castles

Prior to the Warring States Period (1467-1590), most castles in Japan were 'yamajiro,' or mountain castles, and they were the pinnacle of defense for Japan's clashing warlords. Trek into the countryside to find out more about them!

4 Beautiful Castles Home to Terrible Ghosts

Ancient buildings almost always seem to come with a ghost story, and Japanese castles are no exception.

Key Castle Vocabulary

Don't know a 'tenshu' from a 'hori'? We're here to help!

Japanese Castles — A Backpacker’s Guide

Check out an interview with Julien Mentzer as he discusses how his book, 'Japanese Castles – A Backpacker’s Guide,' can help you discover all the castle treasures of Japan.

Top 5 Free Tour Guide Services in Japan

Just about to book that expensive tour guide to show you around Japan? No need! There are hundreds of free volunteer guides all over the country. Here are our top groups and organizations!

The 'Combini' in the Castle

Exploring a castle can be thirsty work. So why should you have to leave the grounds when you want to recharge with a cool drink or a tasty snack?

Inuyama Castle: King of the Hilltop

Inuyama Castle is a National Treasure, and one of the oldest original castles still standing in Japan.

Time Travel in Kitakyushu

The varied history of this port town has endowed it with a unique combination of ancient castles, modern gardens, and elegant turn-of-the-century architecture.

4 Great Reasons to Visit Sendai

The largest city in Tohoku, Sendai is steeped in the history of Date Masamune, known as the 'one-eyed dragon.'

9 Castles to Hit in Hyogo after Himeji

What do you do once you've seen the big attraction and still want more castle action? We've got nine answers right here!

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