This is probably one of the most amazing and picturesque castle I have ever seen! Typical Japanese architecture, Himeji castle is a lot bigger than what you see here, but the major part with long corridors is on a lower level.
The castle was built in 1333 but remodeled and rebuilt many times over the next three centuries. The keep ("Tenshu" in Japanese) - which is the central tower pictured here - was added in 1551. It is the most iconic feature of a Japanese castle.
For 400 years - since 1618 - the castle has remained intact, surviving the extensive bombing of the area during World War II and natural disasters such as the Great Hanshin earthquake.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.
Long corridors come out of the keep area and create a maze which prevented attackers from entering the castle, and allowing those inside to defend more effectively.