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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Takashima CastleNagano

Takashima Castle (Takashima-jo) was begun in 1592 and was completed more than seven years later by Hineno Takayoshi, who served under the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. It was built on a small island on Suwa-ko and it is said that it looked as if it floated on the water of the lake. Buildings such as the donjon were connected by bridges. The existing donjon and turret were reconstructed in 1970 and exhibit information relating to the castle.
Address & Access
Address: 1-20-1 Takashima, Suwa-shi, Nagano
Admission Fee: 300 yen
Closed: Dec. 26-31
JR Kamisuwa Station/On foot/10 min.