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Gifu Castle Panorama Night View

June 15, 2018 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a cool place to spend a hot summer night I have just the spot; Gifu! Gifu City is a mere 20 minute train ride from Nagoya, but it is generally cooler than Nagoya, although in fairness it is also colder in the winter-funny how that works, isn’t it? It stands to reason […]

Himeji Castle – Japan’s Most Beautiful Castle

November 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

There are of course many beautiful castles all around Japan, but perhaps there is none so famed for its majesty as Hyōgo Prefecture’s Himeji Castle. Designated as one of Japan’s first UNESCO World Heiritage Sites in 1993, the castle, also known as Shirasagi-jō (“White Heron Castle”) due to of its brilliant white exterior and resemblance to a bird taking […]

Himeji Castle: Too Big to Fail

March 22, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Matsumoto Castle, Kumamoto Castle and Himeji Castle are considered the Big Three of Japan’s castles. Of the exalted trio, Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture is the largest with 83 buildings in the defensive compound. Himeji is also the most visited castle complex in the country. Himeji , located in Hyogo Prefecture, was first deemed necessary by […]

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