The extensive restorations were completed in 2015 and the final result is truly a wonder to behold. It is one of the only castles in Japan that has never been destroyed and rebuilt, although it is a miracle that it survived the bombing in 1945. Paying entry to the castle is highly recommended as you can climb up to the top story of the main keep for views across Himeji. The castle is built around two giant wooden posts 26m in height which you circle around as you climb up the various stair cases. The castle also has a myriad defensive structure including; stone drop windows, moats, 21 gates, sharp angled passage ways, arrow slits for archers and a warrior hiding room.