Himeji castle is one of the oldest and the most famous castles in Japan. It takes about 40 minutes to go from Kobe to Himeji by train.
The castle has been built about 700 years ago. However, the keep (the central part of the castle) has been rebuilt about 400 years ago.
The garden of the castle is separated into a number of sections, using gates and walls with peeping holes.
Entrance to the "suicide quarter"
Stone coffins used for building the foundation of the castle, due to the lack of stones.
Inside of the keep
Small entrances to hideouts for soldiers, in case the castle was captured
Views from the top of the castle. The fish-like structure on the roof is called "Shachi" (dolphin).
Unlike some oher castles which have been converted to exhibition halls, Himeji still preserves its military features. Therefore, many of the samurai-movies are filmed here.