世界文化遺産・国宝 姫路城

Himeji Castle was registered as a World Heritage Site in December, 1993 (Heisei 5th yr), along with Horyuji Temple in Nara, the first place in Japan to achieve this status.
The graceful white building is compared to a white heron in flight, and it is also called “the White Heron Castle”.
Himeji Castle is characterized by its vivid white walls covered with white plaster.
Seen from the outside, Dai-tenshu (the Main Keep) appears to have 5 stories but the interior reveals a 7-floored structure with 6 floors above and 1 in the basement.
With roofed passages, Himeji Castle connects Dai-tenshu and 3 Ko-teshu (Small Keeps); Higashi Ko-tenshu (the East Small Keep), Nishi Ko-tenshu (the West Small Keep) and Inui Ko-tenshu (the Inui Small Keep). This architectural style is called Renritsu-style Tenshu and it is a unique structure that distinguishes this castle.
The present form of Himeji Castle was constructed in 1609 (Keicho 14th yr), and it has retained its original beauty for more than 400 years.

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