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Himeji Castle

Travel Guide - Himeji Castle


Himeji Castle is the most magnificent of Japanese castles which survive in their original form. The castle is also known as "Shirasagi (White Heron) Castle" because of its white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. The castle's beautiful Tenshukaku donjon and complicated structure is an invaluable treasure that expresses the height of Japanese wood architecture techniques.
Although there have been a castle named Himeyama Castle here since 1346, today's Himeji Castle was built in 1580 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and enlarged some 30 years later by Ikeda Terumasa. Ikeda Terumasa was awarded the castle by Tokugawa Ieyasu for his help to defeat the Toyotomi armies in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. In the following centuries the castle was home to 48 successive lords.
Himeji Castle has a five-story Tenshukaku main donjon and three smaller donjons, the entire structure being surrounded by moats and defensive walls punctuated with several forms of openings for firing guns and shooting arrows at attackers. The walls of the donjon also feature "Ishiotoshi" or openings that allowed defenders to pour boiling water or oil on to anyone that made it past the defensive slits and was thinking of scaling the walls.
Himeji Castle is designated as a National Treasure and registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The castle was extensively renovated in 2015 after five years of full-scale repair work.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:00 – 16:00
  • 9:00 – 17:00 (April 27 - August 31)


  • December 29 - 30

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 1,000 yen (General, Adult)
  • 300 yen (Child)
  • Combination ticket with Koko-en Garden: 1,040 yen (General, Adult)
  • Combination ticket with Koko-en Garden: 360 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from JR Himeji Station

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 68, Hommachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, 670-0012


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Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-07-12
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青い血 @HideyoshiAo1 - 2020-07-12
I've never been to Himeji. only castle I've seen with a keep while in Japan was Osaka castle. And while the keep is… https://t.co/UH0AXBFYdV
Aerish @aerishxing - 2020-07-11
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Emilia is best girl. @glazedonutsu - 2020-07-11
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issei @issxxi - 2020-07-11
The sunrise with Himeji castle.
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Gerard T @gerard_t_ - 2020-07-09
@Redbreast_US Himeji Castle with the cherry blossom in full bloom https://t.co/PHCmDAP4EP
KPMG US Alumni @KPMGUSAlumni - 2020-07-09
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Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-07-09
@therealelmelloi 'True, maybe I should try to her alone.'

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Chag @Chag_HH - 2020-07-08
I got a canvas print of my Himeji Castle photo today. This really is a mediocre photo that has been edited beyond r… https://t.co/o7AWbmAncA
Japan Community @japancommunity - 2020-07-08
Matsumoto Castle, 松本城 is one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji and Kumamoto castles

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Starflyer @starflyerjp - 2020-07-08
@ten_tendon Was it a business mission? Did you have time to visit Himeji Castle?
Virtual Trip to Japan @VurtualTrip_jpn - 2020-07-08
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Himeji castle!
Be careful of steep stairs!

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Vurtual Trip to Japan @VurtualTrip_jpn - 2020-07-08
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Himeji castle!
Be careful of steep stairs!

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rtcmanga @rtcmanga - 2020-07-08
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rtcmanga @rtcmanga - 2020-07-08
加奈 @StevestonSocial - 2020-07-07
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Remind𓃠 @remind_aimile - 2020-07-06
@Phuvakorn_Foucs This beautiful garden is called 'Kokoen' and is located near Himeji Castle.🏯
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Crispin Bottomley @notl419 - 2020-07-05
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Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-07-05
She went to the place that she lived a Goddess enshrined there and where she met Musashi-chan, both the male and fe… https://t.co/0CvTqN6FZD
Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-07-05
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Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-07-05
To think about life.

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Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-07-05
Yes, he's a student from the holy masamune-chan.

He spent some time with hide-chan, but he never actually went to… https://t.co/HSuqyDR9ij
Saad Asad @Saad_163_ - 2020-07-05
Fun Fact: Himeji Castle’s winding paths make it very hard to navigate even for tourists. A 130 m path to the keep f… https://t.co/TB8l7drhkJ
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Sofa着ぐ @Sofa_Kig - 2020-07-05
'Some say [Himeji Castle] looks like a heron taking flight. Which is bollocks, because it's a castle.' - Chris Broad
maS @Choripleto - 2020-07-05
The Himeji Castle and five story pagoda nanoblock are absolutely unreal. I want these so bad, they dont even take m… https://t.co/UY9jFasaCc
nicht mehr englisch- Ich bin Europäer Stephen @stephen501 - 2020-07-05
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