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2004-01-19

Himeji castle in my country

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source: japan-guide
Himeji Castle is considered Japan's most beautiful castle. Unlike most other Japanese castles, Himeji Castle was never destroyed and survives in its original form.

It is designated a national treasure and an UNESCO world heritage site. In the 14th century, a fort was first built in the area, and then gradually enlarged by the various clans which ruled over the region over time. The castle complex as it survives today, was completed in 1609.

The well defended castle and its wooden interior are fascinating, and the castle's sight is spectacular, especially during the short and crowded cherry blossom season, that usually takes place in the first half of April.

It takes from one to three hours to explore Himeji Castle. It is best visited on a day or half day trip from Osaka or Kyoto or on a 3-5 hour stop on your way along the Sanyo coast, for example, on your shinkansen trip from Osaka to Hiroshima or Kyushu.

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