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This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

2542 pieces

Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle with azaleas

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76612 (76-612 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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2016 pieces

Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23549 (23-549 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Matsumoto castle
© Epoch
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Matsumoto castle

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan — and this wide-angle view gives a good look at the details of its construction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23552 (23-552 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Okayama castle gardens
© Epoch
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Okayama castle gardens

These gardens around Okayama castle (which we see in the background) were built in the Edo period, taking just 13 years and completed in 1700. Of classical layout, with a different vista at every turn, the gardens are formally known as Kôrakuen, and are regarded as one of the trio of most famous gardens in Japan.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23569 (23-569 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Osaka Castle
© Epoch
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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle sits atop an exceedingly impressive castle wall, which will be great fun to do as a puzzle. Restoration of the main tower was finally completed in 1997 — although made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23573 (23-573 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23575 (23-575 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Dawn over Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Dawn over Himeji Castle

A very dramatic view of Himeji Castle at dawn. By tradition it is supposed to resemble a white heron, but here it looks altogether more foreboding. Himeji castle is famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose historical origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E24601 (24-601 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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2000 pieces

Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, framed by its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715. There's also a glimpse of the castle foundation wall, in the usual "diagonal" building style.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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A Beverly puzzle: 2000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: BS72504 (S72-504 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
Position map

Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Detail

(This is a reissue of puzzle code E20050.)

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E19016 (19-016 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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1500 pieces

Himeji castle
© Epoch
Position map

Himeji castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15547 (15-547 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1014 pieces

Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle with azaleas

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1014 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E56505 (56-505 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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1000 pieces

Himeji Castle mosaic
© Beverly
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Himeji Castle mosaic

Over 3000 scenic photos of Japan make up this version of Himeji Castle, famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose historical origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

* This puzzle is supplied with a magnifying glass.

* This puzzle picture is made from more than a thousand tiny images.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81521 (M81-521 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
Position map

Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BS71809 (S71-809 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Okayama castle gardens
© Epoch
Position map

Okayama castle gardens

These gardens around Okayama castle (which we see in the background) were built in the Edo period, taking just 13 years and completed in 1700. Of classical layout, with a different vista at every turn, the gardens are formally known as Kôrakuen, and are regarded as one of the trio of most famous gardens in Japan.

More castle puzzles

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10591 (10-591 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kochi Castle
© Epoch
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Kochi Castle

A striking view of the front gate (outemon) of Kochi Castle - seen in the background. This makes a splendid photograph for a puzzle, with the range of widely varying textures.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10717 (10-717 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kochi Castle
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kochi Castle (Morita)

A nicely angled view of the front gate (outemon) of Kochi Castle - seen in the background. This makes a splendid photograph for a puzzle, with the range of widely varying textures.

Detail

Wikipedia article on Kochi Castle

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P10495 (10-495 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Himeji Castle
© Yanoman
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10702 (10-702 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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300 pieces

Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B030153 (030-153 on box)
Retail price ¥980

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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom
© Beverly Enterprises
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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. Here we see it perfectly framed by cherry blossom.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73159 (73-159 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Matsumoto Castle
© Keyphotos
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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. Here the beautifully restored keep is set off perfectly by the red bridge across the moat, and the mass of wisteria hanging over the walls.

Detail

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Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
A Road puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: RS3260 (RS-32-60 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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