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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5.0a week ago
As a historical landmark and UNESCO world heritage site Himeji castle fulfills and then exceeds every expectation I had for it. While the exterior of the castle itself is magnificent the interior is also something to behold with is well thought out defences and impressive woodworking.
The grounds surrounding the Castle are also magnificent and provide splendid views of the castle and surrounding town of Himeji.
One warning though, if you are not great with ascending or descending steep steps it might be wise to avoid climbing the main keep.
5.0in the last week
It was one of the most incredible strategic castles.
It's very beautiful and amazing both appearance and functioning (back then).
There's also a volunteer tour guide will guide you through all details, most of them are elderly BUT MAN!! their English is incredible! One of a German guy in my group can't even speak English as well as my guide!!
4.03 weeks ago
Beautiful from outside. Did not go inside. Went to the zoo nearby instead and it was a small nice zoo. Massive green ground in front of the castle. Just don't visit in a hot summer day.
5.03 weeks ago
We had an absolutely amazing time when we visited the Himeji Castle! The history was one the most exciting experiences I have had in Japan ti date. I highly recommend going to the Himeji Castle if you are like and love Japanese History. ...
5.0a month ago
famous castle in Japan, also named white egret castle due to the roof shape. very very packed during spring cherry blossom! we purposely visit in summer, to admire the castle freely. we spent more than 3 hrs here.. can take free picture with the costume staff at the front gate. need to take off shoes to enter.
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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.