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Enjoy a Walk Alone in Japanese Castles 🏯

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There are many castles in Japan that are perfect for walking, and the area around them has become a tourist attraction.


You can walk with someone, but if you’re alone, you can take a walk at your own pace, overlooking historic buildings and gardens. Also, it is the best part of traveling alone to enjoy a side trip freely.

You might be able to find your own photo spot while taking a walk.

There are many gourmet spots and souvenir shops around the castle, so you can enjoy it.


This time, I will introduce some Japanese castles where you can enjoy walking.

The once important places are still often located in the center of the city and are easily accessible. Also, there are walking trails in the area, so you won’t get lost.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle, a national treasure in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, has a stately appearance that evokes a sense of history.

The collaboration with the Northern Japanese Alps creates a superb view unique to this place.


The castle tower is said to have been built between 1593 and 1594 and is the oldest of the existing five-tiered, six-story castle towers in Japan.

If you walk while looking at the magnificent figure, you will feel like you have made a time trip.

If you look at the castle closely, you will be drawn into the contrast of black and white. The brightly colored bridge (Uzumi no Hashi) is also beautiful.(≧∇≦)

There are cute cafes and variety stores around the castle, so it’s fun to visit them.

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Soba Club Sasaki

This is a famous restaurant that has passed the strict screening for soba (buckwheat noodles). Soba made with Nagano’s buckwheat flour by hand has a taste that even connoisseurs can enjoy.

It is common to taste it with salt first, and then eat it with dipping sauce. The throat street of the firm thin noodles is wonderful.♪

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a symbol of Osaka and is very popular among foreign tourists. The surrounding area is a wide running course, but of course I recommend it for walking.


You can refresh your body and mind by walking around the vast site with a view of the castle tower.

Please feel the flow of relaxing time surrounded by seasonal flowers and greenery. There are many cafes along the Okawa River on the way, so it’s perfect for a break.

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The Chisen Kaiyu style Japanese garden in the center of the castle is a famous photo spot. In early summer, azaleas are in full bloom, creating a glamorous atmosphere.

There are many other beautiful gardens in the castle, such as Shuseki Garden (Karesansui dry rock garden)  and Nishinomaru Garden with dazzling greenery.

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If you get tired of walking, why don’t you take a break at JO-TERRACE OSAKA, a complex with popular restaurants and shops?

You can enjoy the authentic taste at the Takoyaki shop, Wanaka. It is baked over high heat at once, so the outside is crispy and the inside is thick. It will taste especially good after you walk a lot.(╹ڡ╹ )


Goryokaku in Hakodate, Hokkaido is also recommended for walking alone.

The star-shaped castle that adopts the French construction method looks cute. It is said that this shape is to prevent a blind spot from being created when an enemy invades.☆


It takes about 15 minutes on foot from Goryokaku Park. There is a walking course around there, so let’s walk while enjoying the unique terrain.

There is a downtown nearby, so you can enjoy lunch and dinner after walking.


After circling around, why don’t you see the star-shaped whole image from the observation deck of Goryokaku Tower?

By the way, the Hakodate Magistrate’s office in the center of the star is said to be a power spot to ward off evil spirits. Stop by if you’re interested.

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KANTARO (Conveyor belt sushi)

Sushi is delicious in Hakodate. Let’s fill your stomach at the popular restaurant KANTARO near Goryokaku.

The fresh seafood that arrived that day is the best match with rice from Hokkaido. The cost performance is good, and it has an atmosphere that even a woman can easily enter.

Hiroshima Castle

The area around Hiroshima Castle in the center of Hiroshima City is also perfect for walking.

The scenery of the 5-tiered, 5-story castle tower and water moat will enrich your heart.


There are several rivers nearby, including the old Ota River, the Enko River and the Tenma River, so it’s fun to take a stroll along the river.


There are many shopping streets with delicious food nearby, so it’s easy to find a lunch spot after walking.

Colorful carp live in the castle’s moat. Therefore, Hiroshima Castle is also known as Rijo (carp castle). If you take a pleasure boat, you can try feeding carp.

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Ouke (Chinese food)

If you want to eat your fill after exercising, why don’t you have lunch at Ouke where you can enjoy a lot of authentic Chinese food?

In addition to the standard menu items such as mapo tofu, gyoza, shrimp chili, etc., the grilled squid with cumin and spicy Mao Xuewang are also known to be delicious.

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle, which was damaged by the earthquake in 2016, has been steadily restored since then. In the fall of 2019, the castle was partly reopened to the public and became a hot topic.

There are many historical buildings in the castle grounds, such as samurai residences, turrets and the defense base Nishidemaru, so it’s worth a walk.


There is a splendid camphor tree standing in the Ninomaru Square where you can see the castle. This area is popular as a place of relaxation for citizens.


It is also attractive that there are many famous restaurants where you can enjoy local food near the castle. Let’s enjoy both walking and eating.♪

Also, there are Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art and Kumamoto City Kumamoto Museum nearby, so why don’t you drop by while taking a walk?

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Kokutei Kumamoto Ramen Shimotori

How about some popular ramen after a walk? The ramen that uses lots of homemade ingredients has a traditional gentle taste.

The soup of pork head bone mixes with the special straight noodles, which is the best. The burnt garlic oil is also delicious.(❤ ω ❤)

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle, a national treasure in Hikone City in Shiga Prefecture, is also a famous castle. It takes about 15 minutes on foot from JR Hikone Station.

There are many recommended spots such as the historical castle tower, daimyo garden and Jhosyo.


If you get tired from walking around, how about Japanese sweets at Hoshodai with a view of the garden?


It is good to walk in the daytime, but I recommend you to get up early and take a walk in the morning sun.

Another attraction of Hikone Castle is that you can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms in spring, greenery in summer and autumn leaves in autumn. Every season, there is freshness.

By the way, there is a performance of official character Hikonyan near the entrance of the castle.

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Why don’t you eat a luxurious hamburger at Sun-Burger after walking?

The soft meat of Japanese beef Omi beef and the fluffy buns go well together.

The combination of Japanese and Western charms such as the green onion miso burger and avocado wasabi burger is addictive.♥

Kokura Castle

Located along the Murasaki River in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Kokura Castle is an oasis surrounded by water and greenery.

In addition to the magnificent castle tower, the vast site is dotted with attractions such as the Kokura Castle garden, Yagura, and large gate.


If you get tired from walking, you can take a break at the Shiro Terrace where you can choose souvenirs and enjoy drinking.

Cherry blossoms in spring and azaleas in summer, it is also attractive that you can feel the season. On some days, an event is held in front of Tsukimi Yagura.

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Also, there are many sightseeing spots near the castle, such as River Walk Kitakyushu, which is a complex with stylish shops, and Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum, so you will not get tired of walking all day.

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Sukesan Udon

Would you like to eat at a popular local restaurant after a walk?

I especially recommend udon noodles topped with meat and gobo tempura.

The soup full of flavor such as shiitake mushroom, kelp and bonito and the soft noodles are exquisite.

Let’s enjoy the taste of Kitakyushu.


High-performance translator POCKETALK S


There are many castles in Japan where you can enjoy sightseeing and walking at the same time.

There are many local gourmet restaurants around here, so it’s fun to have lunch after exercise. Refresh yourself with a moderate amount of sweat!

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