Japanese Castle

Trip Start May 08, 2006
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Trip End May 21, 2006


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Japanese Castle

Lying a short train ride West of Kyoto, Himeji is a small town with the main attraction being the Himeji Castle. The castle was built in the middle of the 16th century on a fort site that was build in 1346. The Castle has changed hands many times over the years, but the most important factor was it wasn't bombed during WWII thus is one of the rare Castles still standing.

Our travel to the Castle was nothing too special. We jumped on the train to be greeted by rain on arrival, but luckily it cleared up within 45 minutes. We checked out the Castle and climbed the main tower in some sweet slip ones they gave us. We fought through hords of school children to see the displays and take our pictures.

After seeing the Castle we walked to the near by gardens, which used to house Samurai warriors. The gardens were beautiful and filled our appetite for Japanese Gardens. We jumped back on the train and were home before it started to rain again.

A simple day that included some really good pictures...take a look!
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