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A large, beautiful white castle complex resembling a bird taking flight.

Photo by Vladimir Mokry

A bit of history...

Himeji Castle, along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, is considered one of Japan's three premier castles. The castle is made up of a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. It is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō ("White Egret Castle" or "White Heron Castle") because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.

Source: Wikipedia

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Walk through the Koko-en Garden and enjoy its beautiful sights and sounds.


Make your way to the top floor of the main tower for striking views of the castle complex.


Explore Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History to learn about the castle and the local culture.


Visit in the spring and enjoy the magical view of the 1,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full blossom.


Find the dolphin-like statues called shachigawara. These mythical creatures protect the castle from fire.

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