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Himeji Castle (姫路城)


Castle / Ruins of Castle

Also known as the White Heron Castle, this shining white castle is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Structures such as the castle tower built in the early Edo period still stand today, and these are also registered as National treasures and national Important Cultural Properties. One of the most prominent theories is that the castle was originally erected as a fort by Akamatsu Sadanori in 1346. Ikeda Terumasa began renovating the castle when he became the lord of the castle after the Battle of Sekigahara, expanding it into the expansive compound seen today. The castle tower is located in the southeast corner of the foundation. The castle looks to be composed of five tiers from the outside and internally is comprised of six floors above ground and one subterranean level. The castle shining a blinding white in the light of the sun is truly a beautiful sight.


Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68 (Himeji / Ako / HarimaArea)

phone 0792851146

9:00-16:00 (Gates shut is 17:00)
[The summer season (4/27-8/31)] 9:00-17:00 (Gates shut is 18:00)

Review of Himeji Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2021/02/04 Amazing place!
All I can say is WOW! Amazing place. There are a lot of steep stairs to climb so its not for everyone. Incredible to think that this was built in the 1600s. A truly amazing place.
Reviewed:2020/10/26 An Incredible Castle
If you have time to see one Castle while in Japan make sure its Himeji Castle. Ive seen many castles in Japan and Himeji has been the most impressive so far. The complex and castle itself is...
Reviewed:2020/04/13 Impressive castle
Himeji Castle is an impressive castle. Its huge, with lots of alleys, towers, small rivers and vegetation. It wasnt really touched by bombs during WWII. Even though, they reconstructed it and it is...

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Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68 [map]
Himeji / Ako / HarimaArea
9:00-16:00 (Gates shut is 17:00)
[The summer season (4/27-8/31)] 9:00-17:00 (Gates shut is 18:00)
[Admission fee] Adults (Over 18) 1,000yen, Children (Elementary School Students/Junior High School Students/High School Students) 300yen
Parking Lot
Not available
* Please use the nearby Charge parking lot.
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, Diners Club)
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 7, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not possible (buildings such as castle towers are not possible)
* Paid areas are possible (a helper is required due to the slope)
Pet friendly
Yes (only when the whole body is in the cage)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Hyogo Areas


          Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture's main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country's most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.