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Himeji Castle, Himeji

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.
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  • It was the first UNESCO Heritage in Japan. Is called the greatest masterpiece of Japanese Castle architecture. Reaches its peak in 1600. Nicknamed "White Heron Castle" because its structure recalls the flight of a White Heron.
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  • Was the daytime on weekdays, but stayed in a lot of foreigners. Narrow stairs to the tower and jam for the steep places, cannot go forward smoothly. That morning, someone less time may be better. Looks good, nice view from the Castle.
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  • We arrived in Himeji by train and could see the castle through the buildings from the train. We walked along Otemae Street, the wide and mostly covered street, a sight in itself. It takes 23 minutes f...  more »
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  • What a truly beautiful castle, I was not disappointed in the majesty and superiority of Himeji compared to other castles across Japan. It was by far the most breathtaking and we'll restored I have seen. The joy was not just in seeing the castle either, the moat tour was interesting and the grounds for the castle were also the most intact and sprawling for a larger area than I had seen. Many of the outer compartments and gates still maintained and gloriously presented. A must see if you wish to see Japan's historical sites.
  • Đây là một trong những kiến trúc cổ nhất còn sót lại ở Nhật Bản, là kiến trúc tiêu biểu cho các thành quách thời cận đại của Nhật Bản. Himeji đã được UNESCO công nhận là di sản thế giới (văn hóa) vào năm 1993 và di tích lịch sử đặc biệt của Nhật Bản. Nhiều bộ phận khác nhau của thành Himeji đã được công nhận là quốc bảo hoặc di sản văn hóa quan trọng của quốc gia. Thành Himeji cùng với thành Matsumoto và thành Kumamoto hợp thành cái gọi là "Ba tòa thành quý của quốc gia (tiếng Nhật: 三大国宝城, Tam đại quốc bảo thành)". Trong ba thành, thì Himeji nổi tiếng nhất. Thành Himeji được xây dựng vào năm 1346 bởi Akamatsu Sadanori, một samurai.
  • Pretty awesome castle with a really great view of the city. This is basically the only tourist attraction in the whole city, and it's well worth the $10 entrance fee. Be sure to get your pictures at the top, and beware of the very steep stairs on the way up. Don't forget to check out the secondary wing on the other side of the hill. There's lots more to read and learn about over there despite the smaller size.
  • Interesting place, well laid out, and informative signage. We went right at opening time and there weren't many folks around. When we left around lunchtime it was getting busier, but the crowds weren't as insane as some of the other tourist stops. Anyway, I'd recommend making the stop here and plan on 3 hours or so. Also, there's a ticket that includes the gardens next door... I'd recommend checking that out, as well.
  • Amazing castle and and interesting climb up to the top. There is a lot of history here and a lot of information to take in. In the winter they offer slippers that are just the right size to not fit anyone. I opted to not take the slippers on another part of the castle, and it was a cold walk along the floor. However, I thought this was better than tripping and falling down a flight of stairs.
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