Himeji Castle Replica
The replica of Himeji Castle (Called "mini-Himeji") was created by Hiroyasu Imura as a hobby. He used many pictures and history books to aid him in the construction of this impressive model of Himeji Castle. His replica includes the original grounds around the dungeon, which no longer exist in Himeji today. If you are lucky enough to visit when he is at home, he enjoys talking with visitors about the castle and how he created it. He was not at home when I went.
The replica is very impressive and well worth a visit however, it is difficult to reach without a car or local guide. For the average tourist with little time in Japan, it may be too far off the beaten path to visit, but for someone who resides in Japan or simply has a strong desire to visit, you could take a taxi. It may be pricey, but because the castle is located at the creator's house, it is in a residential area, so getting here by car is the best option. For Japanese, it is a popular place to visit. It's never very crowded, but there is almost always one car stopped here to see the castle!
Because the castle is outside of his residence, it does not cost anything to visit the castle.