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Japanese castles make a great subject for jigsaw puzzles - there's a lot of repeated texture, yet each layer of the building provides a distinct area of pieces. We have a number of views of Himeji Castle, one of the most spectacular, plus Matsumoto and others.

Himeji castle

Himeji castle
© Epoch
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3000: 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.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21507 (21-507 on box)
Retail price ¥4200 (approx. US$36.84 €35.29 £30.00)
Shipping from ¥1950 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$17.11 €16.39 £13.93)
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Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Epoch
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2016: 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."

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23593 (23-593 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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Himeji Castle
© Yanoman
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2014: 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."

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 62 x 45 cm (24" x 18")
Code: Y2202 (22-02 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$20.18 €19.33 £16.43)
Shipping from ¥900 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$7.89 €7.56 £6.43)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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1000: 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!

Not available
Discontinued January 2017
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BS71809 (S71-809 on box)
Retail price ¥1600
Himeji Castle
© Beverly
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1000: Himeji Castle

One of the best-restored castles in Japan, Himeji Castle is also known as "White Heron Castle." Here a boatload of tourists make their way along the moat.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51213 (51-213 on box)
Retail price ¥2800 (approx. US$24.56 €23.53 £20.00)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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1000: 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!

In stock
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81832 (M81-832 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$17.54 €16.81 £14.29)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.26 €5.04 £4.29)
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Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Apollo
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600: 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.

In stock
An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47201 (47-201 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.04 €13.45 £11.43)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.26 €5.04 £4.29)
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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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300: 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)

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E25083 (25-083S on box)
Retail price ¥1200 (approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
Shipping from ¥500 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$4.39 €4.20 £3.57)
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Other castles

Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Epoch
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2542: 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, and hydrangeas, as we see 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.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76608 (76-608 on box)
Retail price ¥3400 (approx. US$29.82 €28.57 £24.29)
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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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2016: 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.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23575 (23-575 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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1000: 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".

In stock
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71397 (71-397 on box)
Retail price ¥2600 (approx. US$22.81 €21.85 £18.57)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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Takeda castle remains
© Epoch
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1000: Takeda castle remains

Although only ruins remain, Takeda Castle is impressive at any time — and the sea of clouds lend it a surreal quality.

It will be an interestingly different puzzle, with a lot of cloud at the bottom.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10744 (10-744 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
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Osaka castle
© Yanoman
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500: Osaka castle

Restoration of the main tower of Osaka castle was finally completed in 1997. Though made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

In stock
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4110 (41-10 on box)
Retail price ¥1000 (approx. US$8.77 €8.40 £7.14)
Shipping from ¥400 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$3.51 €3.36 £2.86)
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Matsumoto Castle
© Keyphotos
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300: 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
Not available
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

For reference: you can view all the puzzles from this page that are out of print in the Attic.

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