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Himeji Castle, Himeji

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A World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle represents the largest structure of its kind in Japan. Constructed in the 14th century, the grandiose castle underwent several major reconstructions since then, surviving two scheduled demolitions, the 1945 bombings, and an earthquake. Admire the imposing structure from the outside, or roam the well-kept interior and labyrinthine garden paths. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Himeji Castle by using our Himeji travel itinerary planner.
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  • 這是個一定要來的城堡,可能剛翻修的關西,現在非常的新,非常的漂亮,如果能在櫻花全開的時候來,有夜櫻的活動很值得參加.  more »
  • Did a random visit on my stay in Osaka. Unfortunately it was raining when i reached Himeji station. The castle can be seen right from the station. Surrounded by cherry blossoms made it even more appea...  more »
  • Really lives up to its name as the White Heron Castle. You can see it almost straightaway upon exiting the train station. It's beautiful and white and is surrounded by a lovely garden. Do note that th...  more »
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  • Awesome tourist stop if you're going anywhere in south Japan. A quick 15 minute walk from the Himeji train station. Tour takes about an hour and you can climb all the way to the top of the castle! Beautiful historical structure and one of the few in Japan that haven't been rebuilt -- still the original amazing building and architecture. Also, I gained +15% strength for units fighting in my home territory after visiting here. Definitely worth it! Bonus points for great engineering.
  • Visited here in early April, just during the cherry blossom season. The place was packed with visitors and we often had to wait in a line - in the castle it was really busy. But because this is Japan, everything was organised well. You can walk up to the castle and take a view from up there. Great place to start view cherry blossoms in the evening, as the castle is nicely lit
  • The most beautiful castle in Kansai. A must see! Be sure to grab an information guide at the entrance so you can learn all about the castle's rich history.
  • Splendid castle. No shoes allowed. No restrooms inside. No drinks allowed. In case of hot weather, better be prepared before coming in. Touristic "loop" bus from the station on the hour and the half hour (+ cool air) for 100¥ for adults and 50¥ for kids. Entrance fees 500¥/adults, 300¥/kids to highschool.
  • An amazing castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site), very well preserved and beautiful, especially from the outside. The interior was not really what we expected (there was a very long queue to go up to the shrine on the top floor, and that's about all we saw) but visiting the West Bailey was interesting. I recommend going with a Japanese guide or at least reading about the castle's history before visiting.