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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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  • Magnificent castle. Imposing view both from the very top or the ground. The castle is empty compared to the European concept of castle. Nevertheless, totally worth the visit to discover the history of...  more »
  • Golden Week, lined up 60 minutes. Want to go Kai ordered, but is empty. Each was Himeji Castle view from the tower is best seen from different angles.
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  • It is a castle that is worth trying. It is the largest in the country. For several years, he was in the works. These are almost entirely completed. Avoid to go on weekends, because there will be world and need to queue to access the main building and reach the top floor.
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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.