Himeji Castle

Posted: October 10, 2009 by stinkypoo31 in Uncategorized

We had another day off in between drift events and garage visits, so we decided to check out Himeji Castle.

Himeji Castle is in Himeji, about 1 hour train ride west of Osaka. Probably the largest and most authentic castles left in Japan. There is even a moat that surrounds the castle.

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Inside the castle grounds, the main building is still very big and far away.

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We decided to walk around inside the battlements where there are still hole where soldiers long ago would shoot arrows, throw rocks and drop hot oil on intruders. The day was still hot and there were surprisingly no vending machines inside the castle grounds.

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Some cool looking sample of tiles that were around the castle.

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Funny thing about the picture below was a discussion we were having, what would a Japanese no food and drink sign look like? In Japan, we did see the somewhat universal Burger and cup with a strike through until we saw this sign:

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The castle is five stories from memory, with very steep stairs between levels. An interesting story was that Himeji Castle was bombed twice in World War 2. The surrounding areas were burnt to the ground but the castle remained mostly undamaged. A bomb had even landed on the top level but failed to detonate.

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If your interesting in Japanese Castle, this would be the one of them to definitely check out!

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