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Nagoya: Castle

Written on: Saturday April 3rd, 2010

A journal entry from: Aichi Prefecture

Nagoya-jo (castle) is only about a 15 minute walk from the JR station and is a must-see place to visit for tourists. I was fortunate to have a couple of hours o wander through the building but was not able to spend a lot of time in the gardens and grounds.

Little bit of history. The original smaller castle was built in 1525 by Imagawa Ujichika and then a larger one was built in the same location by Tokugawa Ieyasu between 1610-14. However, he present buildings are replicas that were built in 1959. Today they are re-building Hommaru palace and the wood shaping process can be viewed by the public through windows. For more history please visit http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Nagoya_castle 

Some interesting features include the shachi-hoko (golden dolphin-like creatures) which guard the castle on the roof of the Donjon. And an available elevator which makes this one of very few wheelchair-friendly castles. 

 I was fortunate to arrive at Nagoya while the Sakura were in full bloom. What a sight! :)  Families and co-workers were out around the castle grounds enjoying hanami parties yet the place was big enough to not be too crowded. 

For more information please stop by the official castle site at http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.html