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Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle)

Himeji Castle one of the top four remaining "original" (rather than a modern concrete reconstruction) castles in Japan, it dates back to about 1600AD. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has been used as location in a number of films including the Bond film "You Only Live Twice" and "The Last Samurai".

Himeji Castle is a short walk from the JR Himeji station which is on the JR Sanyo Main Line and also a stop on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line.

This gallery is a collection of photos from Himeji-jo taken on various visits I've made there. The newest photos are placed at the beginning of this gallery.

UPDATE: *** PLEASE NOTE *** from April 2010 until 2015 Himeji Castle is under wraps (surrounded by scaffolding with a white cover) for restoration work. Until 2015, your best bet to see a real castle in Kansai is the much smaller Hikone-jo in Shiga Prefecture.

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Himeji Castle in Afternoon Light
Himeji Castle in Afternoon Light
In the top floor
In the top floor
Looking down
Looking down
Watching over the city
Watching over the city
Looking out from the Castle
Looking out from the Castle
The Gun Rack
The Gun Rack
Upclose to Himeji Castle
Upclose to Himeji Castle
The Sakura and the Old Stone Wall
The Sakura and the Old Stone Wall
A small section
A small section
Approaching the Main Buildings
Approaching the Main Buildings
The long walk
The long walk
Himeji and Sakura
Himeji and Sakura
Looking up towards the Castle
Looking up towards the Castle
Through the Sakura
Through the Sakura
Framed By a Sakura
Framed By a Sakura