The Himeji castle, also known as the White Heron castle is the only castle we visited on our first trip to Japan. It is located at Himeji, somewhere between Kyoto and Miyajima, two places you shouldn’t miss anyway, so why not take the stop? The castle exterior is gorgeous, a monochromatic beauty in simplicity, and that’s all I’m writing about it since the photos speak for themselves. Visitors can enter the lower floor of the castle and ascend the narrow stairs to progressively smaller levels, until they reach the top level which houses a small shrine. From the inside, you can peer out the windows to see the city of Himeji and the hills beyond, the darkness of the castle and the wooden beams on the windows evoking a strange feeling of imprisonment. Hmm… I think it’s time I reread the Tales of the Otori.
Photos by Arnold Hozana