Himeji Japan features exquisite gardens, excellent sushi, and the most elegant of Japan`s feudal castles. Himeji Castle or Himeji-jo as it is known in Japan has to be the most spectacular castle in Japan. The 16th century castle with its foundations made of stone, massive granite pieces arranged to form gentle curves with centimetre perfect geometry. Above the foundations the construction is built from timber, and all external surfaces coated in white plaster to protect the wood from threat of fire. Viewed from a distance the castle sits peacefully atop a tree lined hill, earning the castle the nickname “White Heron”.