New Guided Tours Unlock Secrets Of Nijo Castle In Kyoto

New guided tours unlock secrets of Nijo Castle in Kyoto

KYOTO--Tourists can now not only admire the structure of Nijo Castle in this ancient capital, but also get a good grasp of the history surrounding it.

Starting this month, official guided tours are being offered every day in Japanese and English at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Unique Zigzag Wall Excavated At Yamagata Castle

Unique zigzag wall excavated at Yamagata Castle

YAMAGATA -- An earth wall that used to be part of Yamagata Castle has been confirmed as having a unique "folding screen" zigzag configuration, it has been learned.

According to the Yamagata Municipal Board of Education, which excavated the wall, zigzagging castle walls were more effective than straight walls in terms of defense and ease of attack. The education board also claims that this is the first time that remains of such a castle wall have been discovered in Japan.

New 'shachihoko' Ornaments For Kumamoto Castle Unveiled

New 'shachihoko' ornaments for Kumamoto Castle unveiled

Jiji Press KUMAMOTO (Jiji Press) — New shachihoko ornaments for the towers of Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto went on display Wednesday at a tourist facility near the castle, which was heavily damaged by powerful earthquakes in April last year.

Jolted by the quakes, a total of four sculptures of shachihoko imaginary tiger-headed fish, made in 2008 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the castle, broke after falling from the rooftops of the connected main and smaller castle towers.

Drone Used To Capture Images Of Osaka Castle Turret For Repair

Drone used to capture images of Osaka Castle turret for repair

An architectural office captured images of the rooftop and walls of a turret at Osaka Castle on Monday using a drone, with the aim of offering renovation services for cultural assets.

The flying of drones in areas near the castle and other parks in the western Japan city of Osaka is prohibited, but the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry helped the office gain special permission from the city as part of its initiative to promote new businesses.

Kumamoto Castle Repair Work Shown To Media

Kumamoto Castle repair work shown to media

Work to restore the main tower of Kumamoto Castle was shown to media on Friday, about one year after a series of earthquakes struck Kumamoto City, western Japan.

City officials initially planned to preserve the structure with some repairs, but later it was found that there are cracks on pillars supporting the roof and other places.

Alligator Gar Fish Captured 'gar'ding Nagoya Castle Moat

Alligator gar fish captured 'gar'ding Nagoya Castle moat

NAGOYA -- Nagoya Castle had an unusual guard on duty swimming in its outer moat -- an alligator gar, one of the world's largest carnivorous fish, the municipal government announced on May 17.

According to the Nagoya Castle General Administration Office, the gar was between 1.2 and 1.3 meters long, and was caught around 5:30 p.m. on May 17 by city officials and volunteers.

Japan's Matsumoto Castle Needs Stronger Quake Resistance: Officials

Japan's Matsumoto Castle needs stronger quake resistance: officials

Matsumoto Castle in central Japan is more vulnerable to earthquake than previously thought and requires work to strengthen its resistance, officials of the city where the national treasure is located said Thursday.

A recent earthquake resistance test has found that the castle's main tower could fall in the event of a quake measuring upper 6 or stronger on the Japanese seismic scale of 7, according to the officials of Matsumoto city's education board.

Wanted: Lord And His Lady To Rule Over Hirado Castle

Wanted: Lord and his lady to rule over Hirado Castle

HIRADO, Nagasaki Prefecture--After almost 150 years, Hirado Castle is again looking for a lord and princess to rule over it, in the battle to draw more tourists.

The city government and a guest house service company are accepting applications for an overnight castle stay for a couple on May 20. Overseas entries are also welcome.

Tea Under The Cherry Blossoms At Matsumoto Castle

Tea under the cherry blossoms at Matsumoto Castle

Visitors to Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan have enjoyed a spring tea ceremony under the cherry blossoms.

The annual event held on Sunday at the castle, a national treasure, was hosted by Urasenke. That's one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony.

Repair Of Kumamoto Castle Under Way

Repair of Kumamoto Castle under way

Work to repair Kumamoto Castle is under way one year after a series of devastating earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture and neighboring areas.

The castle suffered severe damage from the quakes.

Kumamoto Castle Open For Cherry Blossom Weekend

Kumamoto castle open for cherry blossom weekend

People in Kumamoto are celebrating the cherry blossoms around their historic castle, as the city continues to recover from the quakes of last April.

Kumamoto Castle was heavily damaged in the earthquakes and has been closed since. But city officials have temporarily reopened part of its grounds for viewing of the famous cherry blossoms there.

Computerized Sakura In Full Sprout At Kyoto's Nijo Castle

Digital sakura in full blossom at Kyoto's Nijo Castle

KYOTO- - "Sakura" in full bloom are as of now pulling in guests to Nijo Castle here, because of a projection mapping show.

Cherry bloom roused advanced images are being anticipated on to the UNESCO World Heritage site's Karamon entryway, which is assigned as an essential social property. The advanced images demonstrate the cherry blooms in full sprout and petals blowing about beautifully.