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Castle built by the most significant shogunate in the history

The castle was built on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a major figure in Japanese history. However, as interesting as the castle itself is, there is more to it than the main building and the famous "kinshachi" (golden imaginary creatures with the body of a fish). Surrounding the castle is a large moat, from which you can see the impressive northwest tower. Follow the moat which provides good views of the castle. Think of Meijo park, the castle and the moat as one large area, and you can spend a good while looking around. Outside the entrance is an impressive statue of Kiyomasa Kato, a major feudal lord of that period who, it is thought, was involved in the castle's construction. If your timing is good, you may even find an event being held at the castle, which makes it that much more worth a visit.