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Himeji Castle, Himeji

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Himeji complex including castle & Kokoen garden is the most famous and could be considered as symbol of Himeji. How amazing this masterpiece is and you will see it is totally well preserved. The thing...  read more »
  • This is a wonderful place. From the center exit of the train station, you can walk straight to the castle. Impressive building from the outside. A white castle and blue skies. Fantastic ! Of course th...  read more »
  • After the renovation in the Tower castle there is a sense of calm colors from White Castle too and a lot of publicity, and fence repair has not been. Ensure the window side seat of a Shinkansen bullet train and better views from the window. In addition, even from the first intersection head towards the Castle from JR Himeji station "Silver" is excellent. If you do not time enjoy appearance alone.
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  • 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.
  • Most beautiful castle in Japan in my opinion. Imagine how majestic it would considered to be back then when there's no high rise building. The visit was surely worthwhile. Do plan ahead, rain and crowd will probably affect the experience much.
  • Quite an amazing castle with a rich history. You can get a sense of how it was built and protected, and how people lived there. Must go if you visit Himeji, especially since there isn't much else going on in the rest of the town.
  • Probably the most beautiful japanese castle. If you come by train you can rent a bicycle for free to the castle. There are volunteer free English guides at the Castle entrance. The tour around the castle takes around 60 Minutes. It can get quite crowded. Entrance fee 1000 yen per person. You have to take your shoes off in the castle.
  • The most amazing castle I've ever visited. Now that the restoration is complete it is extremely busy. They usher you up into the main keep and then rapidly down again not really letting you have much of a chance for photography. However the interior is mostly bare anyway as they haven't returned the museum pieces since the restoration was completed. The ground however, and the view from outside of the castle, are truly breathtaking. Simply beautiful. We travelled from Tokyo specifically to see the castle and back and it was well worth the time and expense. This was a bucket list item for me and I'm well satisfied with it.
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