Nagoya Castle is a great place to admire the sakura during cherry blossom season. This trip was my first time visiting and I didn’t get the timing quite right, as most of the trees were just beginning to bloom, but it was still pretty lovely.
The castle was originally built in the early 1600s under the leadership of Iyeyasu Tokugawa, but was almost entirely destroyed by American bombs in World War Two; what’s there now is actually a reconstruction. It was rebuilt in 1959 as part of a post-war rehabilitation effort, but according to the official website, “hopes for the reconstruction of the Hommaru Palace are yet to be realized,” and the castle grounds in their entirety are still a work in progress.
I highly recommend visiting if you can. The paintings on the walls and sliding doors that were saved from the original castle are truly remarkable. Here’s one of the photos I snapped with my iPhone:
Have you ever visited Nagoya? What else did you do there?
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