World Heritage: Himeji Castle4.8
Himeji Castle is one of very few original castles in Japan that have survived wars, fires and earthquake without reconstruction. The architecture, built on a hill in early 17th century, comprises well preserved 83 buildings, including the castle keep, watch towers and gates, which are ingeniously arranged with stone walls and moats for bristling defense. The stately white form of the castle gives it a moniker, white heron.
Major renovation works are being carried out on the castle keep's roof and walls until March 2015.
Purposeshould go,elderly,world heritage,family,first time in Japan,cherry blossom viewing,art,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 67.5km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
This is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. I loved our guide who offered a free tour in English right when we walked in. Her name was Yoko. She was 80 and led us up to the top of the castle at brisk pace. What a lady!? We were there when the cherry blossoms were out so it was good that we got there right when it opened because it was already busy and was crazy busy by the time we left. It doesn’t take all day to see the castle, the grounds and the garden next door. Plan for about 4 hours to see it all.
5.0a week ago
Truly a wonderful castle ground, it actually is old, but also well kept in shape. Perfect balance I guess. Unfortunately there's not much to see inside the castle itself, it is quite spacious and you feel it's old, but that's it. Maybe some weapons on the weapon racks, some subtle exhibits, would be nice. Definitely don't want it full of glass boxes either, so can't complain. There are exhibits in other Castle facilities though, like the long wall corridor in the west. Definitely check that out, too.
Unfortunately, there isn't too much to do in Himeji itself other than a stroll through the shopping street and the few temples in the way. There is karaoke of that's what you want, too:)
5.0in the last week
An interesting castle to visit, I enjoyed the place and the commanding views of the surrounding cityscape. There are placards with information on the castle and I noticed guides providing tours. I would suggest wearing socks you aren't ashamed of if you visit the keep, as shoes aren't permitted, as you might expect from a residence. You also might want to keep in mind that the stairs in the keep can be steep, and the ceilings low enough at points to hit your head upon. I noticed that the ceilings are padded in places for that exact reason.
5.0a month ago
What a truly beautiful castle, I was not disappointed in the majesty and superiority of Himeji compared to other castles across Japan. It was by far the most breathtaking and we'll restored I have seen.
The joy was not just in seeing the castle either, the moat tour was interesting and the grounds for the castle were also the most intact and sprawling for a larger area than I had seen. Many of the outer compartments and gates still maintained and gloriously presented.
A must see if you wish to see Japan's historical sites.
4.02 months ago
Definitely a good place to visit if you have the JR pass and can make a quick stop in this city. The stairs on the way up get quite steep and you have to remove your shoes to climb to the top. There's not a real "attraction" at the top but some pretty city views. The castle is about a 20 min walk from the JR station which is very convenient.
Spot Reviews (3)
The Himeji Castle ia located in the Kansai district. Since I was born and grew up in Osaka in same district, I know this spot well. This castle is most beautiful and biggest castle in Japan. Please visit this spot.
The Himeji Castle ia located in the Kansai district. Since I was born and grew up in Osaka in same district, I know this spot well. This castle is most beautiful and biggest castle in Japan.
Please visit this spot.