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.
Tours To Himeji Castle
World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Kyoto BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $193
Duration: 9 hours
World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $175
Duration: 8 hours
Himeji Castle Reviews
I came to Himeji Castle and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had seen many castles in Europe, but nothing like this. The unique designs and colors certainly rival Europe's finest palaces. There are... more »
We visited about 3 years ago, it is an amazing cultural tour. It's a lot of walking and steps, I'd recommend for +12 yrs old. Quite an unexpected experience. 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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