Historic castles in Japan open for overnight stays

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Historic castles in Japan open for overnight stays

© Lonely Planet Historic castles in Japan open for overnight stays

Two of the historic castles in Japan this year open their doors for overnight stays with an imperial touch.

From April guests can spend the first night in inzu Castle (in the coastal town of ?zu). Rooms can be booked in the four-storey tower of the castle and includes a traditional welcome, dance performance and a meal for the entire group. The castle was built in the 14th century and was restored to its former glory in 2004 using traditional materials and methods. The castle is only a short walk from the van ?zu, a beautiful maze of alleys and old-fashioned houses from the Edo period (1603-1867) and Meiji period (1868-1912).

In the coastal town of Hirado, another castle is preparing to welcome overnight visitors. From July 2020, guests can book a stay at Hirado Castle through Stay Japan, an Airbnb-style accommodation platform. Once the home of the Matsura clan, who ruled over the province of Hirado during the Edo period, the castle was built in the 16th century. Like most Japanese castles, it was demolished and destroyed over the centuries. The original building has disappeared, replaced by a reconstructed and imposing five-storey fortress with many traditional details.

Both castles are included in the Top 100 castles list of Japan, compiled by the Japanese Castle Foundation. According to the Japanese tourist organization, there is no specific reason why the castles are open for the first time this year, except to offer visitors the opportunity to experience an authentic experience in Japan.

Opening image: Japan National Tourism Organization