Himeji Castle

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Himeji, Kansai, Honshu, Japan; founded 1333

Himeji Castle’s history is long, complex and well documented but, since its various extensions involved the demolition of earlier work, its present manifestation is a hilltop fortification of the early seventeeth century, when the Lord of Himeji was Honda Tadamasa (1575–1631) – a daimyo, answerable only to the shogun. Many castles from this period were destroyed during the nineteenth century, so Himeji has rarity value. It is the best preserved of the samurai castles, and the largest, with dozens of minor buildings inside its walls.

With an estimated 25 million man-days devoted to its ...

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