In 1993, Himeji Castle and Horyu-ji Temple became the first registered World Heritage Sites in Japan. Built 400 years ago, Himeji Castle's main tower still remains. Known as the “Egret Castle” for its beautiful white exterior, Himeji Castle is one of the most notable castles in Japan. Currently the castle is under renovation until spring 2015.
Koko-en consists of nine different gardens, each one reflecting a theme taken from historical scenes during the Edo period. Himeji Castle is the backdrop of these beautiful Japanese gardens.