Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō), also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. The castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Unlike many other Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles. The castle recently underwent extensive renovation over several years and was fully re-opened to the public in March 2015.
Himeji Castle was registered as the first Japanese world cultural heritage by UNESCO, enjoying the highest international reputation of all existing Japanese castles. Cited as its reason are its architectural uniqueness including multiple towers, its beautiful shape dubbed as White Heron Castle, its exquisite and fully worked-out functional devices for a fortress, and its well-preserved castle buildings in the inner citadel telling almost completely what they used to be.
Himeji Castle has a history of 400 years (over 600 years since the first fortress) as precious heritage to be handed down to future generations.The castle is located in the center of Himeji City, about 50 km west of Kobe City. It takes only 16 minutes by JR bullet train from Shin-Kobe station and 42 minutes by JR rapid train from Sannomiya station. Those wishing to step back in time and experience the feeling of a Japanese samurai warrior would be well advised to visit this architectural treasure.
Himeji Castle - Step back in time..
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