Sengoku Japan

Kumamoto & Matsumoto: Magnificent Castles of Japan


Japan is a country filled with castles all constructed during the Sengoku era more than 400 years ago.

I’ve come across the best of the best of these massive structures in the Land of the Rising Sun and wanted to let all of you out there in the blogging world know that these worldly treasures do exist and are in fine shape. So without any further ado, let’s begin the journey…

Up first is Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture. It is also known as the crow. The reason being, the black walls appearance, these walls are wing like. This castle has many features that make it to have an excellent look to many tourists. One is that it has been built between a plain and a hilltop. The look of the castle from these points makes it to be awesome and a good background of many photos.

The castle was built many years ago. The government found that it would cost it a lot of money to renovate it due to various issues. Hence, the government found it wise, to auction the castle to save them from the embezzlement of funds. The castle was seen to be providing limited value to the military.

In 1878 the castle was purchased by a local citizen saving it from the hands of the auctioneers. One of the intriguing factors that you would not fail to find in the castle is the main strong hold. If you take your time and view it from the exterior you would find as if it has three stories, in real sense it has four. The hidden floor was aimed at concealing defense. It was a home of the koi and the black swans.

Another intriguing castle is Kumamoto Castle. This castle was built in 1607; it is also known as curved walls. It was used as a defense mechanism against the attackers. This mechanism also prevented the wall from having scales. During the Seinan rebellion, the samurai who were being led by Saigo Takamori, one day marched to the castle. Here they expected to attack the enemies from this point and also to take refuge from the enemies. The group received opposition from the government forces from the castle.

The castle was later destroyed by a fire regretfully. It was then renovated in 1960. It has now become the samurai museum of Kumamoto. Many visitors find displays of various things that were used during the rebellion. Some of them include swords, uniforms and armors among others. If you ascend to the top of the castle, you can have an exquisite view of  Kumamoto city.

You need to make a point of visiting these places and experience the magnificent appearance of these structures firsthand. But if for some reason you cannot travel to either Kumamoto or Nagano, I suggest you look at picking up some sengoku period souvenirs and other sengoku japan items from Sengoku Japan on the world wide web. With so many interesting goods available for purchase, you can feel like you are in Kumamoto or Nagano without ever having step foot in their castles.