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Let’s Travel Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami (Part 3) – The Age of War & Japan’s Warring States Period

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Japan’s Warring States Period

Japan’s Warring States period, or Sengoku period (戦国時代), began towards the end of the preceding Ashikaga Shogunate. In 1467, the Ōnin War (応仁の乱) broke out over who should succeed the ruling Shogun. Though succession was settled in 1477, the Shogun lost control over the many daimyōs, or feudal lords, controlling Japan. Endless bickering and power grabbing soon saw Japan descend into full-fledged civil war.

Today, many foreigners are familiar with Japan’s Warring States period to an extent, although in most case, it’s usually a case of familiarity with names. It was during this era that the famous Three Sengoku Warlords rose to power. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Lesser warlords that are also famous internationally include Date Masamune, Takeda Shingen, and Uesugi Kenshin. In all cases, it’s thanks to the popularity of Japanese games and manga that these generals became so well-known. In the case of architecture, Japanese castles are the most prominent examples of Warring State period construction. After the Ōnin War, every other warlord worth his banner built a castle. These castles served both as defensive strongholds and ostentatious expressions of power.

PS: The Azuchi-Momoyama (安土桃山) period refers to the tail end of Japan’s Warring States period. The name came from Nobunaga establishing his seat of power in Azuchi, and Hideyoshi doing so in Momoyama.

Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 3: The Age of War

Within Toukiden Kiwami, access to the Age of War symbolises an intensification in combat. Correspondingly, the battleground is swathed in blood-like red. Ruined villages and rivers of flowing lava are everywhere.

There are still sights to enjoy! Despite these scenes of dramatic ruin dominating the battleground. In the background looms one of Japan’s most legendary castles in history. Various locations also offer a peep at how Japan would be, should one of its many huge volcanoes erupt. Naturally, none of us wish for anything near the latter to happen.

A Note from Our Video Game Tour Guide

 Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of War.
Be careful of flowing lava during our tour! It doesn’t burn, but it does leave a terrible stain!

References

Osaka Castle at night during Cherry Blossom season.
What we most often associate with Japanese castles nowadays is actually just the keep. Known in Japanese as Tenshukaku.
Fushimi Castle Tearoom
Reconstruction of the tea room inside Fushimi Castle. Originally built by Hideoyoshi.
Reconstruction of Azuchi Castle.
Reconstruction of Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle at Ise Azuchi-Momoyama Bunka Mura Theme Park. The actual castle was destroyed in 1582. Source: 名古屋太郎

Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of War

Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of War.
We have atmospherically adjusted environmental ambience to provide that sensation of incessant battle.
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of War screenshot.
In the distance lies our showpiece. A full-scale reconstruction of mighty Azuchi Castle!
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of War screenshot.
In keeping with our theme of Japan’s Warring States period, we regret to inform there wouldn’t be souvenir shops in this battleground.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of War.
Our fiery Mount Fuji photo spot. Please be assured the lava and steam are illusions. It’s not at all warm here. Your lenses wouldn’t fog up.
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of War screenshot.
Azuchi is not the only castle we have in the Age of War. There are a couple of other smaller ones. All of which could be reserved for special functions.
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of War screenshot.
Visitors with impish children can join our daily scavenger hunts!
Toukiden Kiwami - The Age of War screenshot.
The Warring States period saw Japan’s first major use of firearms in warfare. Test your aim with different historical muskets in our shooting fields. Targets provided.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of War Anomaly.
Enjoy dinner inside our glorious reconstruction of Azuchi Castle.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of War Anomaly screenshot.
After dinner, be entertained by our nightly cultural show. Up to 4 lucky visitors can participate in the performance each night!

More References

Matsumoto Castle
Most of Japan’s most famous castles were built during the Warring States period. This is Matsumoto Castle, completed in 1600.
Japan in the Azuchi Momoyama Period.
Japan during the Azuchi Momoyama Period. | Source

In my next post, we’ll visit a relatively more peaceful era of historical Japan. the Tokugawa Shogunate!

If you’re thinking of visiting Japanese castles, this site is easily the best guide.


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