5 Faves: Castles

Japanese castles may not hold the same "romantic" appeal as their crenallated European cousins, but the fortified donjons of the Japanese islands offer a fascinating glimpse at life in the samurai age. The following are a few of my favorites: Himeji Castle - There's no denying the appeal of the "White Heron" and when its multi-year... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Matsumoto Castle

The medieval gem of Himeji castle is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration and the remains of Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace) aren't really all that interesting, in my opinion. So where should a traveler go for a good castle experience in Japan? Head for the hills - of Nagano Prefecture, that is - and... Continue Reading →

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