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Visiting Castle in Japan

Mr Z and I love castles. European ones, Asian ones, you name it. And Japan is one of the few Asian countries that are full of medieval castles like Europe. They’re not all originals (most were destroyed during World War II and Meiji era where the Emperor’s supporters tore them down as they were a sign of the Shogun era) but still, they’re gorgeous.

Mr Z and I made it our mission to visit most of Japan’s original 12 castles. We’ve already been to Himeji castle (the most beautiful out of the 12) so 11 more to go.

This time we wanted to see Hikone castle which was a day trip from Osaka.

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We went there when there was a threat of a typhoon. But luckily we were not caught during a storm. It poured at first then stopped then poured again. Then it didn’t rain for the entire afternoon.

We were lucky.

Because of the weather, there weren’t that many people in the castle. Except for some Japanese students.

Run Mr Z! Run from the flood of Japanese students.

Run Mr Z! Run from the flood of Japanese students.

There were tour guide trainees too. At least I think the cute uniforms make them tour guide trainees

And tour guide trainees

Hikone castle mascot. So cute he has his own bodyguards because ladies will try to grab him

Hikone castle mascot. So cute he has his own bodyguards because ladies will try to grab him

Perhaps the samurai armor of the former lord of the castle. Pretty cool

Perhaps the samurai armor of the former lord of the castle. Pretty cool

beautiful

beautiful