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
Duration: 9 hours
World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $164
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.
I stopped here on the way to Hiroshima. It was located just one kilometer away from the station, which is walkable for me. The garden area was quite large, an amazing view of the castle can be seen in pretty much every spot of the garden. The castle is unusually bright and pretty.
Very impressed with this beautiful and romantic castle in Himeji. I was surprised how well it is maintained. It is just breathtaking. Having been to many castle in the world. This one surely rank one of the top 5 castles on my list. Best looking one in the whole of Asia. Upon arrival, I was given a English tour guide. He is a 68 years old retiree and come to work as volunteer. He looks healthy and fit too. I am blessed to have him to walk with me. He is so knowledgeable about the castle and explained a lot of in details yet make it very interesting at the same time. All in all, it was a magical experience.
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