• Base of the castle 

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      Try to see Akira Kurosawa's epic "RAN" to fully appreciate the Himeji castle.
    • Elaborate roof ornamentation 

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      Showing the prominence and height of the castle over the surrounding city.
    • Gateway to inner defenses 

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    • Gateway to outer defenses 

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      Entry through one of the outer walls
    • Himeji castle 

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      At once the greatest and most beautiful in Japan. Although this series of photos emphasizes Japanese church architecture the tour did not neglect historic sites and so Himeji castle is used as the Japanese signature for this tour.
    • Model of Himeji castle 

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      The entire castle complex, showing multiple defensive walls.
    • Multi-storied exterior 

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      The height of the castle was both to emphasize it's importance and wealth along with it's defense.
    • Roof structure 

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