Himeji Castle or White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo)
Himeji castle is located in Hemeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. From Osaka it's about 90 minutes by car. Himeji castle is one of my favorite castles in Japan. After it was reconstructed starting in 2003 and was reopened in 2015. It is one of the most elegant castles in Japan and in 1993, Himeji Castle was named as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan.
It called is white heron castle because it's white exterior is reminiscent of a heron.
The structure of Himeji Castle has 7 floors but if you look form outside of the building you can only see 5 floors. It was built to confuse enemies. And the path in font of the gate was built in a complicated way, also for protection during war.
In this picture, you can see the circles and triangles on the giant wall that are Hasama in Japanese. These were used to shoot arrows or cannons from in times of war.
The walls inside of the castle have a lot of places to put weapons.
View from the castle.
I recommend visiting in Spring, around April, because there are many cherry blossom trees around the castle at that time. It's makes for very beautiful scenery with the white castle. I have some pictures from when I came last time, 2 or 3 years ago.
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● Himeji Castle, 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan