Himeji-Jo
Himeji-jo is one of the great masterpieces of Japanese architecture, and known as the White Heron Castle (Shirasagi-jo). Its graceful outlines (a central five-story keep surrounded by three smaller bastions) and white plaster walls resemble a bird taking flight. Built on a hill in the middle of a vast plain, this impregnable fortress is a model of the art of defense.