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Himeji Castle, Himeji

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Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Scenic Walking Area
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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. 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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  • This is also known as the White Heron Castle and considered Japan's most spectacular. It comprises 83 buildings and dates from the Shogun period. I personally found this my favourite castle. It is... 
    This is also known as the White Heron Castle and considered Japan's most spectacular. It comprises 83 buildings and dates from the Shogun period. I personally found this my favourite castle. It is...  more »
  • If you are into the stereotypical tourist spots this is not the place to visit. However, if you are fluent in Japanese or have a special interest in history, this is the place. Very well-kept and... 
    If you are into the stereotypical tourist spots this is not the place to visit. However, if you are fluent in Japanese or have a special interest in history, this is the place. Very well-kept and...  more »
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  • One of Japan's most famous castles. Visited back in 2018 and was blown away by the size of the castle, it is deft at least twice the size of any of the other castles I visited during this trip. There's more to the visit than just the castle itself. The castle grounds are beautiful and well looked after. There's a museum within the castle itself and there's also several sections where you can do a self guided tour which goes through history of the castle and what each of the sections purpose was. Overall, an excellent experience and a must visit for anyone travelling to Japan.
  • The interior of this castle has been preserved, so that it looks as it did when originally built and used (in contrast, the interior of the Osaka castle has essentially been turned into a modern museum). Walking up the very narrow, very steep wooden steps of Himeji castle, you really get the sense of vertigo when each staircase step is so steep! Definitely not for anyone with mobility issues. Otherwise, an excellent way to experience the past!

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