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Himeji Castle, Himeji

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. PutHimeji Castle into our Himeji road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Himeji Castle is an impressive castle. It's huge, with lots of alleys, towers, small rivers and vegetation. It wasn't really touched by bombs during WWII. Even though, they reconstructed it and it is....  more »
  • When talk is Japanese castles, Himeji is definitely part of that conversation and rightfully so. It is among the best preserved monuments and still a breathtaking sight from near or far. Don't expect....  more »
  • We visited Himeji (White Heron) Castle by train from Osaka, choosing to go from there on our trip to Japan purely because it was closer than Kyoto and we travelled independently instead of booking a.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Incredible wooden castle. Stunningly beautiful. There are options for English guided tours, about three hours long starting at 9 (I believe) and 13. You can go into the castle itself all the way to the shrine at the top. Highly recommend a day trip if you have time and stay around Osaka/Kyoto. Can also easily be combined with a trip to Kobe since it's on the same rail line.
  • 100% worth visiting! The castle is gorgeous and there are more buildings and with special exhibitions also included. If the weather is good the park is very pretty to relax. A nice touch are the slippers they hand out for inside the buildings, since the floor gets pretty cold in January.
  • It was worth the morning trip down from Kyoto. We took the 0820, and took the 1300 train back. We also were able to catch the 10AM tour for 1000 Yen (note it's another 1000 Yen to enter). Place is beautiful. It was newly restored so it's in great condition, and they allow you inside the castle itself. The stairs are quite steep and you need to take off your shoes, so make sure you wear socks! It can be quite cold inside in the winter as well, so wear the slippers they provide. We were lucky to get clear skies and no crowds, but I hear usually it's busy. Definitely got busier as we left around noon.

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