The daimyo, or samurai lords, of feudal Japan built magnificent castles both for prestige and for more practical reasons... Given the near-constant state of warfare that prevailed during much of shogunate Japan, the daimyo needed fortresses.
By Kallie Szczepanski, About.com Guide
|Himeji Castle on a Sunny Winter Day||Himeji Castle in Spring||A Museum Diorama in Himeji Castle||Fushimi Castle|
|Fushimi Castle Bridge||Nagoya Castle||Gujo Hachiman Castle||Danjiri Festival at Kishiwada Castle|
|Matsumoto Castle||Matsumoto Castle Roof Details||Nakatsu Castle||Daimyo Armor at Nakatsu Castle|