Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan. Also known as Shirasagi-jo "white heron castle." The grandest of Japan's 12 remaining feudal castles, dates back to 1333. In 1581 the castle was completely remodeled.

Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan. Also known as Shirasagi-jo "white heron castle." The grandest of Japan's 12 remaining feudal castles, dates back to 1333. In 1581 the castle was completely remodeled.

Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. This is one of the few castles that is an "original." Many Japanese castles were bombed out during WWII and rebuilt afterwards.

Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. This is one of the few castles that is an "original." Many Japanese castles were bombed out during WWII and rebuilt afterwards.

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