Akō Castle Ruins – One of Japan’s Top 100 Castles

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Many people come to Japan for its magnificent old castles. However, when it comes to castle ruins, we find that many tourists end up skipping them. When we think of castle ruins, we picture tumbledown walls and rocky boulders. Unless notable or famous historical events have taken place there, there aren’t many incentives for international tourists to visit those places.

However, Akō Castle Ruins is different! Designated as a National Historic Site, this castle, which was dismantled in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) by government orders, does have its own unique personality. Due to Akō City’s effort in restoring the castle to its former glory, it has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles in 2006!

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