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.
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Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 67.5km) Google Transit
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4.04 months ago
Before reaching the front giant gate, you will pass a wooden bridge that was built above the river.
After passing the gate, spacious land was right in front of you, the castle was quite far on the right side. It was a bit hilly prior entering the castle, you need to take off foot wear n wearing 'shoes' provided in order to protect the wooden floor. The castle shape was long, mostly made of thick wood, there were rooms on the right side. A bit dark inside as it is using natural light only.
On the left side of the castle, there were a nice garden, well maintained too.
5.03 weeks ago
Gorgeous castle. Allow time and buy the ticket to the garden, it's a nice place for only a few yen extra. Checking the castle takes easily about an hour.
5.03 weeks ago
This is probably the most interesting Japanese castles I've been to. The complex has a really interesting layout which is intended to make it difficult for enemies to get access the main castle. The grounds are beautiful and the carpentry of the interior is superb. It's also one of the very few ancient castles that is not a complete reconstruction of the original due to being burnt down in the second world war or before. So most of it is the original castle with the exception of replacing sections for maintenance purposes. It's also just a 10 min or so walk from himeji station so easy to access. Go early if you want to miss the crowds though.
4.03 months ago
The outer part of the castle is beautiful. The grounds looked gorgeous but it is winter and we didn't look around. It was a steep climb up to the castle, the ground is really steep. Then when you get inside, more steep stair ladders. You can read my opinion on these under the Matsumoto Castle, I think I added something there...phew is about three best way to put it. Not for the feint of heart! The view was tremendous.
5.04 months ago
The most beautiful castle I’ve visited in Japan. The surrounding area just makes it a perfect place to visit whether as a tourist or taking your date out for an evening stroll. I love the details of this castle and the immense size gives off a charming feeling. Although the inside of the castle was bare, I enjoyed the exterior of the castle more. I wished they would decorate the interior with how it would’ve looked like back in the old days but it’s literally empty.
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.