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Castles, Samurai & Ninja. A Treasure Trove of History

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn is an Australian born radio DJ, TV talent and samurai history researcher. He is a member of the Japan Armour and Weapons Research and Preservation Society, and has visited over 400 castles across Japan.

Chris first came to Japan as a 16-year-old Rotary Exchange Student in 1985, spending a year in Sapporo. On his return to Australia, he entered the radio industry before returning to Japan, where he has spent over 23 years researching samurai history and culture! Nagoya is now his home.

With castles, samurai, battlefields, and ninja, Central Japan is a treasure trove of Warring States period history! It is the birthplace of many famed samurai, and many of the major events and battles in Japan’s long history happened here!

Central Japan is home to many iconic scenes, like World Heritage listed Mt. Fuji and Shirakawa-Go village, and National Treasures such as Inuyama Castle and Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine to name but a few. Largely unknown and unseen by foreign travelers, Central Japan is the real Japan!

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Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

Enjoy Japan’s best-designed castle, with the largest castle keep, and the most spectacular Honmaru palace!

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Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

See true ninja relics, weapons, documents and items on display in the traditional ninja house, and enjoy the popular ninja show too!

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National Treasure Kunosan Toshogu Shinto Shrine

National Treasure Kunosan Toshogu Shinto Shrine

A stunningly beautiful National Treasure hosting the true tomb of the great Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu!

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Activities

The Battle of Sekigahara was the greatest, bloodiest, samurai battle ever, and a major turning point in Japanese history, leading to 250 years of Tokugawa Shogunate rule. Over 30,000 samurai were killed in the seven-hour battle fought in October 1600 between East and West Japan. This is the most detailed book in English on the decisive Battle of Sekigahara!