Himeji-jo Castle is the most fascinating and mesmerizing castle of Japan located on Harima plain in western Hyogo. It was built in the mid-14th century and has been beautifully carved with intricate designs. It is also known as the ‘Shirasagijo’ (White Heron Castle) because of its white outer walls that resemble a white bird ready to take flight. It is one of the very few castles in Japan that was not destroyed by any natural disaster or wars for that matter.
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Though there are renovation works going on to preserve the castle’s structure which are expected to end by mid 2015, the castle is still worth visiting and these works don’t affect the amusement of the tourists majorly.
According to a website,”Himeji Castle was originally built in 1346 by Akamatsu Sadanori as a fortification against local shoguns.”. None of the battles involved it which became a reason for it to have maintained its original structure for more than 300 years. In 1931 it bacame a national treasure and in 1993, it was designated as the UNESCO WHS.
There are four towers one of which is located on one hill and the western one out of the other subsidiary three is located on a different hill. All the 83 buildings and towers are connected to each other through 11 corridors and form a court of about seven floors. the whole structure gives a look of a spiral.
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“The castle hosts the Himeji Castle Cherry Blossom Viewing Fair, cherry blossom viewing drum music performance and Princess Sen-hime Peony Festival in spring, Himeji Castle Festival in summer, Moon Viewing Fair and Himeji Ceramics Market in autumn”-www.jnto.go.jp. The place is open round the year and is one of the most spectacular tourist spots of Japan.http://www.gounesco.com/himeji-jo-castle/http://gounesco.com.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/05210055/tripideas.org_.jpghttp://gounesco.com.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/05210055/tripideas.org_-150x150.jpgStudent ProgramWHS researchWorld Heritage Sitesarpit singh,castle,Himeji-jo,japan,whsresearch,world heritage,World Heritage Site