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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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Himeji Castle reviews
All I can say is WOW! Amazing place. There are a lot of steep stairs to climb so it's not for everyone. Incredible to think that this was built in the 1600's. A truly amazing place. more »
If you have time to see one Castle while in Japan make sure it's Himeji Castle. I've seen many castles in Japan and Himeji has been the most impressive so far. The complex and castle itself is... more »
Before reaching the front giant gate, you will pass a wooden bridge that was built above the river. After passing the gate, spacious land was right in front of you, the castle was quite far on the right side. It was a bit hilly prior entering the castle, you need to take off foot wear n wearing 'shoes' provided in order to protect the wooden floor. The castle shape was long, mostly made of thick wood, there were rooms on the right side. A bit dark inside as it is using natural light only. On the left side of the castle, there were a nice garden, well maintained too.
The most beautiful castle I’ve visited in Japan. The surrounding area just makes it a perfect place to visit whether as a tourist or taking your date out for an evening stroll. I love the details of this castle and the immense size gives off a charming feeling. Although the inside of the castle was bare, I enjoyed the exterior of the castle more. I wished they would decorate the interior with how it would’ve looked like back in the old days but it’s literally empty.
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