Built in 1612 at the command of Ieyasu Tokugawa, Nagoya Castle was one of the largest castles in the country at that time. The township where it was built was a post station of the Tōkaidō and the Nakasendō Roads. Over the next few centuries, the township grew and eventually became what is modern day Nagoya City.

During World War 2, most of the castle was destroyed in air raids, so what you see today is actually a reconstruction. In fact, reconstruction is still ongoing. There are plans to demolish the main keep in 2024, because it is not considered earthquake resistant. The reconstruction will finished by 2028 and the keep will be reopened to the public.

Look familiar? Nagoya Castle has appeared (and been destroyed) in several Godzilla movies.

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