Also known as Shirasagijo, or White Heron Castle, Himeji Castle is the largest castle in Japan and is widely considered to be the most remarkable castle in the country. The complex consists of more than 80 buildings connected by a succession of gates and pathways, the construction of which took place from 1333 to 1609. Visitors typically enter the castle through the Otemon Gate, which leads into an admission-free lawn lined with cherry trees. From here, anyone wishing to explore the castle in more depth can pay an admission fee and pass through the Hishi Gate into the main keep.
Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Phone: +8-17-92-85-11-46 Photo: hayakato/Fotolia
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