Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

The Baur Collection: Japanese Sword-Fittings and Associated Metalwork Imjin War book cover


It was August 23rd, 2001, when I first visited a Japanese castle. It was like nothing I'd ever seen. But, I very much liked what I saw.

In the eleven years since then, I have travelled to all but the northern regions of Japan to explore these fascinating, historical sites. This website is a record of my visits and of my passion for Japan's castles.

... and thank you
This site is dedicated to a great many people. First, my family who put up with me travelling about then sitting at a computer for hours making this site. And, to everyone who has taken an interest, mentioned, recommended, encouraged, questioned, emailed; a big thank you to you.

So, where to next?
Interactive map Full castle list The blog

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