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Takashima Castle – Suwa City

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on May 25, 2013

In April, as part of my photography of the cherry blossoms around Japan I visited Suwa City in southern Nagano Prefecture, quite far north of Tokyo. The main purpose of the trip was to catch the sakura around the famous Takashima Castle that was once built on the shores of Lake Suwa. These days the shoreline have receded quite a bit from the castle, and the building we can see today is a reproduction of the original that was torn down in 1870 and rebuilt one hundred years later. Unlike the more even more famous nearby Matsushima castle, the Takashima castle is a light brown color, quite rare among the predominantly black or white castles of Japan. It is also famous for being the highest elevated flatland castle ever built in Japan. Suwa is one of those rare gems of small Nagano cities that easily get overlooked by people heading to the much more famous Matsumoto City or even Nagano City. There’s plenty of nice temples, interesting shrines and well preserved old buildings around the lake that I’ll blog about later on. Enjoy!















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  1. thiathiachan said, on May 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on My Art Work and commented:
    really loves the sakura tree or the cherry blossom.. kireii…


  2. zoomingjapan said, on May 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Wow, it’s so beautiful in spring!
    I went there in winter a few years ago. The moat was even frozen!


  3. rinibiswas said, on May 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    A dreamland it looks!!!!


  4. cutenippon said, on May 29, 2013 at 1:45 am

    This is the prettiest castle I have seen yet that you have photographed!


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