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Himeji Castle (2/7)
Himeji Castle's Gate (3/7)
Views from Himeji Castle (4/7)
Himeji Castle's Palace Interior (5/7)
Himeji Caslte's entrance (6/7)
Himeji Castle's Gardens (7/7)


Japan's finest Castle


Himeji Castle

600¥ 9:00 - 17:00

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and one of the few remaining in its original wooden form. Nicknamed Shirasagi-jo, or White Heron Castle, because of the white-colored plaster covering its walls, the castle is formed by a complex of 83 structures built on top of a hill called Himeyama and set in an advanced and effective defensive design, which reminds of a maze.

The origin of Himeji Castle dates back from 1346, when a fortress was constructed in the present site under the name of Himeyama Castle. Throughout its history, it was damaged, renewed and expanded several times under the command of different lords. Its current form dates from the early 17th century, after the civil war and unification of Japan and, thus, it was never used or damaged by warfare.

Due to its excellent preservation, Himeji Castle is considered as one of the best examples of a feudal Japanese castle and was registered as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1993. The site has been featured in several movies such as 007's You Only Live Twice and The Last Samurai.


Himeji Station
Sanyo Shinkansen Railpass


Himeji Castle can be easily reached in a 15 minute walk straight through Otemae street from JR Himeji station or by a 5 minute bus or taxi ride.