Himeji (姫 路) is a small town located at the western end of the Kansai region famous for its wooden castle. Built in the 17th century, Himejoi-jo, is nicknamed Hakurojō or Shirasagijō (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white plastered walls exterior.
Considered the finest castle in Japan, with 83 wooden buildings with a complicated spiral labyrinth pattern in its inner walls designed to lose the assailants and allow the besieged to defend themselves.
It has also often been featured in Japanese and foreign film series such as The Last Samurai and 007: We only live twice.
Let us know if you also want to revisit The Last Samurai atmosphere at Engyoji/Mount Shosha, as it is 30 minutes from the city center by bus and ropeway.