On Sunday of our second weekend in Ono one of the teachers from Joe's school took us along with his family on a day trip to Himeji Castle.
The castle was built in the early 1600s, but a fortification existed on the site for a few hundred years prior to the building of the structure.
Our hosts, age 5 and 8.
Looking out from within...
Looking up at the structure from below. The overhangs could be used to pour hot oil or water on potential intruders, or for ridding the castle of waste during a seige.
A sampling of the many rooftiles that grace the structure.
The view towards Himeji Station and the sea from the top of the castle.
Joe makes a new friend.
Headed back down. The stairs on the top two floors were very steep, it was hard to fit through the stairwells.
In the courtyard after touring the interior.
The stone foundation.
Out in front of the castle.
After a brief lunch break we visited the Hyogo Prefectural History Museum, a new and very up-to-date museum with lots of interesting interactive exhibitions.