Himeji

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Originally a castle town, this city is home to historic landmarks including its iconic castle, temples, and a botanical garden.

Himeji has been the center of Harima Province since Nara period. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Ikeda Terumasa received a fief at Harima Province and established the Himeji Domain. He expanded the Himeji Castle and its castle town. Himeji was the capital of Himeji Prefecture (later Shikama Prefecture) since 1871, but the prefecture was merged into Hyogo Prefecture in 1876. The city of Himeji was established on April 1, 1889. After the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, the Japanese government reportedly considered moving the nation's capital from Tokyo to Himeji.
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