Himeji Castle, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan, which is regarded as the finest surviving example of 17th century architecture, is currently under the first major restoration in 45 years to preserve castle building.
During the restoration period, their new special visitor facility called "Egret's Eye View" provides you with the opportunity to enjoy Japan's finest architecture while it is being restored. For example, you can see the exterior of the highest level and large roof of the main keep at a short distance. You can also enjoy the great vies of Himeji City and Harimanada. If you are lucky, you can see the process of restoration such as repairing plaster walls and replacing roofing tiles by the skilled craftsmen.
For more information and restoration schedule, visit http://www.himejijo-syuri.jp/en/index.html