Himeji Castle

Ross Hall

May 19, 2021
(Updated on June 17, 2021)

A view of Himeji Castle in Japan showing the high white keep and its reflection in a moat

In our house, Himeji Castle has the joking title of “Best One Way System in Japan”. It’s a nod to the monument’s hyper-organised route through its cramped keep that ensures the most number of people see the maximum amount of castle.

Joking aside, the UNESCO Word Heritage site is a beautiful place to visit that goes far beyond the iconic “White Heron”. It has beautiful gardens, a museum housed in its outer walls and stunning views across Himeji City.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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