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Himeji Castle was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1993. It is also known as the White Heron Castle and represents Japanese castle architecture at its highest, with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1600's. The nickname White Heron Castle comes form the graceful appearance of the white plaster walls, similar to a white heron about to take flight. The castle grounds are divided into inner-and-outer-walled zones, with gates built around maze-like spaces to confuse enemies, and a double moat for extra protection. Himeji Castle is also considered one of the best places to view cherry blossoms in the Hyogo Prefecture. Hyogo is famous for the cherry blossoms in the spring at Himeji Castle and the world-famous Kobe Beef. Nothing beats visiting Himeji Castle for cherry blossoms in the day, followed by a delicious Kobe Beef dinner at night.
See one of the most famous castles in Japan for yourself by joining our Cherry Blossom Hiroshima Japan tours or with our Highlights Japan Tour packages with Hiroshima. The cherry blossoms will be sure to make the view that much more stunning!
Famous for its National Treasure, Himeji Castle; popular cherry blossom viewing spot
Himeji Castle - Japan's Finest Castle
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