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This is a convince gate - if the castle was attached, this hole could be quickly filled in with stone.
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Short Gate Downhill
This small gate is actually the way to the main entrance. That courtyard between this gate and the next is yet another opportunity for the people in the castle to kill you.
John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Fourth Trip to Japan > Himeji > Short Gate Downhill