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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.

Himeji Castle was inscribed in the World Heritage list as a cultural site in 1993. It is also known as Shirasagijo, White Heron Castle, because of the white plastered walls. It is one of the twelve original castles still surviving till this day. Himeji-jo is one of the best castles to visit for its enormous size, well preserved castle grounds and elegant beauty. The architecture of Himeji- jo is one of the finest examples of 17th century Japanese castles. It is comprised of 83 buildings with greatly developed defense systems and marvelous protection strategies. The three watchtowers are connected by winding maze-like passages with concealed mechanisms to halt the incoming enemies by throwing them into frenzy over their location. This is to prevent invaders from reaching the tallest watchtower and castle keep, which is the center of the castle.

The castle was first built by Akamatsu, a local samurai leader, atop Mt. Hime in 1333. Himeji Castle was never involved in battles nor destroyed by earthquakes or fires. When the Shogunate system collapsed in 1868 and the Meiji Restoration began, Himeji-jo was put on the list for demolition or sale. In 1872 there was a public bidding for the castle and the highest denomination was 23 yen and 50 sen. The person who bid on the castle found out that it that it would cost more to take apart the castle and did nothing to it. The castle ground was then used by the Imperial Army Himeji Regiment until it was classified as a national treasure by the Ministry of Education in 1927.

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