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
Our trip to arguably the best castle in Japan was not a disappointment. Even as we approached the location, we were impressed by the beautiful view of the large castle. We took the longer route which went through the west bailey, much of which was through an enclosed corridor. The main keep was incredibly impressive in size and beauty, and we could easily see why it was so revered. Even the interior was quite spacious, different from other impressive castles in Japan. We were also surprised at how cool the interior seemed as opposed to the 90+F degree sweltering weather outside. Overall, we would highly recommend visiting this iconic castle and will probably visit ourselves again.
5.03 months ago
The interior of this castle has been preserved, so that it looks as it did when originally built and used (in contrast, the interior of the Osaka castle has essentially been turned into a modern museum). Walking up the very narrow, very steep wooden steps of Himeji castle, you really get the sense of vertigo when each staircase step is so steep! Definitely not for anyone with mobility issues. Otherwise, an excellent way to experience the past!
5.06 months ago
Beautiful white castle clearly dominates the Himeji city and the surrounding landscape. Inside you find a surprise – original timber construction – both intricate and mighty. There also is a model of the inner construction in the castle.
Otherwise the interior is more or less empty.
The top floor provides for stunning views.
5.08 months ago
The castle is under restoration..some of the area is restricted but you can still go up to the castle..there are proper signage for foreigners for them to read and also a lot of clean and accessible toilets. You cannot enter if you don't wear mask properly, so you must observe the rules and follow them...also there are lot of alcohol and hand sanitizer that you can used as much as you need. If you're going to visit during weekdays maybe you can encounter a lot of students whose having a field trip, so please be aware of your surroundings and wear 😷., for all of our safety!...have fun visiting☺
5.04 months ago
The perfect destination for tourist. Everybody can take beautiful photos of the iconic castle tower. This castle tower is the first thing that most of us, most people in the world, imagine when we think of Japan or Japanese castle.
My recommendation is a photo shoot from the zoo in the castle. You can take perfect photos with the red beautiful bridge. Cherry blossom season is the best for it.
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.