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. Put Himeji Castle into our Himeji road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tours to Himeji Castle
World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Kyoto BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $182
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World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $163
Duration: 8 hours
Himeji Castle Reviews
I have been to several castles in Japan and the Himeji Castle is really huge, beautiful well maintained and managed. The outer was beautifully white and details well kept. There was just enough (not t... more »
秋の連休の最終日に１人で行きました。混んではおらず天守閣に上る階段の途中で約20分待たされましたが、6階ではゆっくり見て回れ、下りはあちこち見ながらゆっくり下りて来ました。400年も前の建築なのに今もあることにワクワクしました。正に国の宝です。有料ですがガイドさんをお願いすると理解が深まって良いです。2～3時間もあれば充分だろうと思っていたら、周囲の施設を含めると丸1日いても飽きない程でした。 more »I went alone on the last day of the autumn holidays. It was not crowded and I waited for about 20 minutes in the middle of the stairs going up to the castle tower, but on the 6th floor I looked around slowly, and came down slowly while looking around. I was excited that even though it was 400 years ago, there is still. It is truly a national treasure. There is a charge, but it is good to deepen the understanding when you ask a guide. I thought that it would be enough for two or three hours, but i would not get tired even if I spent a whole day including the surrounding facilities.
As you can expect from a ancient Japanese castle it looks amazing in it's white color. The only downside is that while it looks great in the fall it's considered one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossoms, but wrong season so... Still it's a great place for a short visit, 1000 yen entry and few minutes away from the train station so it's even an option for a quick stop on the way somewhere else.
Himeji Castle is absolutely breathtaking and totally worth the day trip if you're in the Kansai area. I was there with my parents in November and the autumn colours made the views all the more breathtaking, plus there were no queues, though the castle was still fairly busy. Be aware that once you are inside the castle grounds there is not a single vending machine so grab a drink before you enter as the castle is pretty large with lots of steps and can easily take around an hour to explore. The reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars is because there is a little room for improvement, mainly with regards to the information on offer. Yes, the architecture is gorgeous, but unfortunately much of the castle is presented without context. I don't expect a full diorama with statues in every room, but it would be nice to have some more information or maybe some artists impressions drawn up to help envision what the castle was like when it was in use. As it stands, the rooms felt rather dead, which was a shame. Where there is information it is often hard to read because of a lack of lighting in gloomily I castle rooms. This could be easily fixed with some lamps focused on the information boards in the rooms. There are apps and interactive augmented reality bits but it would be nice to just have information easily accessible instead. Definitely go and visit! It's gorgeous!
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