‘Fairest in the world,’ said the guide. This was one bold claim. Let’s visit this castle together and draw the conclusion later.
This castle lauded over Edinburgh on a hill with Scottish sky as its back drop, a dramatic piece from far or up close. It was well worth the time to walk up and skip the bus.
The castle ground was ENORMOUS. The crowd was equally huge -_- even on a week day. Welcome to the British Royal Home, Windsor Castle.
The enigmatic Kumamoto Castle. Some walls were damaged by the earthquake, the castle itself was largely okay.
Matsuejo is an original remaining castle. It has never faced any battle and hence only had minor repairs. It is the only remaining castle in the Sanin region. Japan castle ranking? 2nd largest in size and 3rd tallest amongst the other 11 remaining castles of Japan (**exclude all the replica / rebuilt).
Nickname: Black Castle or Plover Castle
Shurijo site is 1 of a 9 parts UNESCO site (Gusuku) in Okinawa. A rather unusual arrangement really, these 9 sites are scattered all over the prefecture and isn’t all next to each other. The other 8 are:
Tamaudun 玉陵 – Naha 那覇市
Sonohyan-utaki Ishimon 園比屋武御嶽石門 – Naha 那覇市
Shikinaen 識名園 – Naha 那覇市
Sefa-utaki 斎場御嶽 – Nanjo 南城市
Stark with moat and a red bridge. This is the Matsumoto-jo, also known as the crow castle. Coincidently, tons of big (fat) crows can be spotted in the vicinity. The dark colour comes from a combination of wood and stone.
Matsumoto castle is an original keep from 1500s! It is only damaged by earthquake and neglect (was tilting like Pisa), but it is all good now. It is listed as a national treasure of Japan. Madness to think that at some stage the Japanese considered demolition.
There are only 12 original castles in Japan: