Hime-ji Castle's West Bailey
A view of Himeji-jo from the West Bailey.
Himeji-jo, the "White Heron Castle," is the finest of the original castles in Japan. The castle dates back to 1333, but is a masterpiece known for it's 17th century architecture. Toyotomi Hideyoshi held the castle until the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, at which time, Tokugawa Ieyasu presented the castle to his son-in-law, Ikeda Terumasa. The massive complex, which includes over 80 structures, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Himeji Castle. Himeji, Hyogo.