Recommendation by Wabisavi
𝗛𝗶𝗸𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗹𝗲, also known as Golden Turtle Castle, shares much in common with Inuyama Castle. Both rank among the most famous castles in Japan, and are part of the only 12 castles retaining their original keep and 5 to be listed as National Treasures. Their proximity also makes it easy to combine them into a day trip. The inner palace was rebuilt in the 80's, but most the other structures date back to the 17th century. The Emperor himself requested that Hikone be spared from the castle-dismantling-policy of the Meiji era. The 4 gate structure it employs was said to be the strongest layout among feudal castles, and you will see the grid replicated on shopfronts and posters around town. The again, for a happy coincidence, the name of the local feudal lord contains 井, which also resembles a grid, so. I thought the castle was beautiful, teardrop shaped, perched upon its hill surrounded by moats and connected to a beautiful Japanese garden. Together with Himeji, Okayama and Goryokaku, it ranks among my favourite Japanese castles.
Hikone, Shiga, Japan