Ancient Castles in Japan Are Opening for Overnight Stays
Remember Shogun? Starting this April, for the first time ever, it is possible to rent out an Edo period castle in the heart of Japan. Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture, located about five hours by car from Osaka, will host overnight guests in its four-story tenshu (core tower), which was originally built in the 14th century and was restored in 2004 using 350-year-old Kiso Japanese cedar and other timber from Japan.
Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by the sounds of trumpets marking the beginning of the welcome ceremony, then will be offered kimonos or armour to don as they witness a full reenactment of a visiting lord arriving on horseback. The overnight program will be offered for just 30 days each year and includes the traditional welcome, dance performance, and gourmet Japanese meal in addition to the castle stay. Rate per night: 1 million yen (US$9,168) per couple per night.
Due to the current travel restrictions, this could be a fun vacation for next year.