Himeji Castle

Sightseeing information about Himeji Castle in Japan.


World Heritage: Himeji Castle4.8

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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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4.0in the last week

I stopped here on the way to Hiroshima. It was located just one kilometer away from the station, which is walkable for me. The garden area was quite large, an amazing view of the castle can be seen in pretty much every spot of the garden. The castle is unusually bright and pretty.

5.04 weeks ago

Very impressed with this beautiful and romantic castle in Himeji. I was surprised how well it is maintained. It is just breathtaking. Having been to many castle in the world. This one surely rank one of the top 5 castles on my list. Best looking one in the whole of Asia.
Upon arrival, I was given a English tour guide. He is a 68 years old retiree and come to work as volunteer. He looks healthy and fit too. I am blessed to have him to walk with me. He is so knowledgeable about the castle and explained a lot of in details yet make it very interesting at the same time. All in all, it was a magical experience.

5.0a week ago

A beautiful castle. Its renovation made the white castle even more stand out than before. You have to take off your shoes and wear a pair of slippers in order to prevent any damaged to the castle floor. The information is well written in English and with the AR app, you will be able to read and watch some historical events in a fun way.

5.0in the last week

An absolutely beautiful and special historical place. Not a long walk from the Himeji train station. Be prepared for crowds and some tight spaces, and very steep narrow steps. If you are anywhere near 6 feet, prepare to duck deeply going up and down. Signage is in English nearly all the way through. Also, you will need to remove your shoes to enter the Bailey and Main Keep buildings (bags and slippers are provided), so wear shoes that can be easily removed and replaced.

5.0in the last week

An absolutely beautiful castle! The approach is uphill but not too steep or long. Once inside you must remove your shoes of course, and wear slippers. The stairs are VERY steep in places, narrow and if you are tall, you will need to duck.
Be careful coming back down the stairs!!
The view on the top floor is wonderful, but slightly limited due to the windows. Please make sure to leave money in the shrine. 🤗

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In fact it was designed as an impregnable fortress.

In fact it was designed as an impregnable fortress.

VisitedJun 2016

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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.

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