The Most Popular Castles in Japan Among Tourists

Unseen Japan
6 min readFeb 19, 2024

Which castles in Japan have the most fans among incoming tourists? One company ran the numbers to find out.

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Japanese landscapes, celebrated for their vibrant shifts from spring’s delicate pinks to autumn’s fiery reds, never fail to mesmerize tourists. Amidst these ever-changing scenes, one constant remains — the timeless allure of Japanese architecture.

Castles, among the many magnificent structures, emerge as iconic landmarks, echoing the spirit of the samurai era. Though some may boast greater fame, they all share a beauty that invites visitors to step into a nostalgic past.

Which castles are most popular among tourists right now? One company ran the numbers to find out.

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