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Himeji City
Himeji (姫路市) is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. As of 1 May 2016, the city has an estimated population of 534,881. Himeji has been the centre of Harima Province since the Nara period. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Ikeda Terumasa received a fief at Harima Province and established the Himeji Domain. He expanded Himeji Castle and its castle town. Himeji was the capital of Himeji Prefecture (later Shikama Prefecture) from 1871, but the prefecture was merged into Hyōgo Prefecture in 1876. The city of Himeji was established on 1 April 1889. After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the Japanese government reportedly considered moving the nation's capital from Tokyo to Himeji. Originally a castle town, Himeji is home to the Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For over 400 years, Himeji Castle has remained intact, even throughout the extensive bombing of Himeji in World War II and natural disasters such as the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake and various typhoons.

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