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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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  • Watched the castle with a nice blue sky shines White Castle is beautiful and overwhelming presence. Terrible tourist, so first thing in morning's sightseeing we recommend it.
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  • This is a beautiful castle to visit which has a fascinating story and beautiful grounds. There is some walking, some uphill areas but all pathways are in excellent condition. The castle has interestin...  more »
  • It had been years wishing to visit this castle, in my readings, films, always wanted to be able to admire it. For me was one of the symbols of Japan, and when I finally saw me opposite it I was not disappointed at all. Already from far to contemplate its imposing structure of five floors and three towers you realize from the merecedisimo that has the recognition of world heritage granted by Unesco and you feel transported to the feudal era and expect to see out the door to the Samurai. Its conservation is impeccable and this visit very well organized, I recommend arriving early to finish his race in way more comfortable since as they pass the hours are going felt the influx of visitors and in certain areas which should be up or down stairs are forming queues. At the entrance a booklet in which provide you this very well explained the history of the Castle as well as a map of the area and details, as for example its construction, restoration or their defenses, also you have the ability through your mobile download an application from the appp store or google play, that allows you to interact in certain areas of the Castle and access virtual content and so to do your visit obtaining more information. Access to the castle is very simple because J.R this train station right in front of him, and as you're reaching Himeji already you're admiring the sensational figure of Castle that is approaching and in my case particularly you'll thrilling to consider me lucky by be able to realize a dream.
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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.