Japanese castles

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When most Westerners think of castles, they naturally think of places like England and France; however, Japan, too, was a nation of castle-builders. In its feudal days, you could find castles in nearly every prefecture.
Castles in Japan were built to guard important or strategic sites, such as ports, river crossings, or crossroads, and almost always incorporated the landscape into their defenses.

Original castles



Architecture and defenses