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Japan, Himeji-jo

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Location Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Coordinates N34 49 60 E134 41 60
Type Azuchi-Momoyama castle
Built 1333-1346; major expansions 1601-1608
Built by Akamatsu clan (original); Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1580) Ikeda Terumasa (17th c. expansion)
Property 107 ha
Date of Inscription 1993

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Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.

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