Himeji castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in the Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems in the feudal period. The castle dates to 1333. It was expanded in 1581, 1601-1609, 1617-1618.

One of the loveliest Japanese castles is Himeji Castle, about 70 miles west of Kyoto, dating from the century. Sometimes called the White Heron Castle for its white exterior, Himeji Castle is Japan’s largest and most visited castle.

Tsuruga-jo Castle ( Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle ) in snow, Fukushima, Japan.

Tsuruga-jo Castle ( Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle ) in snow, Fukushima, Japan - snow is the frozen version of the water element - such a pretty serene picture.

Kiyosu Castle, Japan

Kiyosu Castle - Built somewhere between 1394 and Kiyosu Castle is located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It was a base of Oda Nobunaga who appeared in the Kurosawa movie Kagemusha, and as Goroda in James Clavell's Shogun.

Wakayama Castle cherry blossoms in full bloom, Wakayama, Japan

Wakayama Castle cherry blossoms in full bloom, Wakayama, Japan (did the 99 temple pilgrimage)

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō?) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in the Hyōgo Prefecture.  Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cchambaz/3033041285/

“The white heron” Castle, Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period

Japanese Castle

Japanese castles are among the most unique castles that you will find anywhere on the planet. This uniqueness has a lot to do with their designs.

Japanese castle

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