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Himeji Castle

Travel Guide - Himeji Castle

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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)

ClosedClosed

  • 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

TweetsTweets

Japan Shop @JapanItemShop3 - 2020-12-02
This is Himeji Castle!

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Steve Guy @stevekguy - 2020-12-01
@OBEYBrookes Thoroughly recommend Himeji Castle if you have the time
Terry is Writing @FromGreenhills - 2020-12-01
Nakabori Ishigaki of Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site, appears https://t.co/O4y5bnXipC
Arthur Gloriana @ArthurGloriana - 2020-11-30
@CivGame Colossus! is Ihrn as said before. Taj Mahal is similar. It depicts Himeji Castle Heaven sky with a powerfu… https://t.co/SwzLyEcNOJ
PAINa @ShinDona2020 - 2020-11-30
@ivorygoats Himeji castle is cool !
What is famous in Adelaide?
PAINa @ShinDona2020 - 2020-11-30
Adelaide city hall (?) has mini himeji castle 🤭
beibi.dez 𓁺 @DEYZIREGA - 2020-11-29
But can we go to Japan and visit Himeji Castle, n take pictures on the red bridge w cherry blossoms in the back? No ok :(
beibi.dez 𓁺 @DEYZIREGA - 2020-11-29
But can we go to Japan and visit Himeji Castle, n take pictures on the red bridge w cherry blossoms in the back? No ok :(
berta @bieberpozo684 - 2020-11-29
Posts that including Himeji Castle.
渡辺満 @dubianman - 2020-11-29
@fukuoka_ryoko about himeji castle.
though I'm not sure who can talk to me.

this story beginning from one carpente… https://t.co/lOka7sPugZ
渡辺満 @dubianman - 2020-11-29
@fukuoka_ryoko print. Then he started building himeji castle with his full confident.
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渡辺満 @dubianman - 2020-11-29
@fukuoka_ryoko son watched himeji castle. And then suddenly kid asked him one critical question.

'Dad why does thi… https://t.co/Ual3r2hwOz
Alison Turjancik🎙 @turjancikvoice - 2020-11-27
@RetroGaijin Make sure to check out Himeji Castle at some point. 🦢
Safi Mashal @Safi57746463 - 2020-11-27
Beautiful Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Got to see it on my way from Hiroshima to Osaka. https://t.co/SnkTMtNEzm
Western Travellers @WesternTravell1 - 2020-11-27
Beautiful white cherry blossoms with Himeji castle of Japan in the backdrop...
If you ever wish to witness the cher… https://t.co/lsCUlV8ngL
winner_lockn @winner_lockn - 2020-11-27
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Global Villege グローバルビレッジ @nickname_mits - 2020-11-26
Hello! I'm Mits. This photo is Himeji Castle in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.Himeji Castle is a World Herit… https://t.co/t0nS7pUp66
Tony James 🥂✌️🖖 @TonyJamesSmith - 2020-11-26
That is Himeji-jo castle in Himeji. Visited a few years ago, but didn’t get to meet Tanaka. #YOLT #TCMParty https://t.co/Y4YKZHWcka
UncannyJapan @UncannyJapan - 2020-11-26
@kinjapan86 Keith, thank you so much for listening to the show and recommending it. The poor Okiku is another sad a… https://t.co/lDpBQX4AIY
winner_lockn @winner_lockn - 2020-11-26
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Wondrous Paths 🗺❤🖼 @wondrouspaths - 2020-11-25
How to take a day trip to visit Himeji Castle https://t.co/gV2lHlP72u
winner_lockn @winner_lockn - 2020-11-25
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BonPla.cat @bonplacat - 2020-11-24
Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himeji-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of H...… https://t.co/Tutrux3d98
Japan Gazette - Latest news from Japan. @JapanGazette - 2020-11-24
The last day of the Golden Week holidays Even at Himeji Castle, tourists from outside the prefecture - Full Story:… https://t.co/qi64ioDu2B
Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-11-24
Himeji Castle has been built in a faraway land!
winner_lockn @winner_lockn - 2020-11-24
Hello🇯🇵I live in Japan.I live near Himeji Castle🏯#PokemonGO Let's be friends 🤝I would be grateful if you could invi… https://t.co/LeTy632pEd
Cruel Andy's Thesis @CruelAndyThesis - 2020-11-23
Hot minute since the last iteration. This time updated for:
-Himeji Castle
-Christmas in the Underworld
-Camelot
-S… https://t.co/u4aybflhDL
Hokkaido Life information etc 北海道を楽しむ! @foods_travel - 2020-11-23
The other day, I ate a very delicious Edo family warabi mochi in front of Himeji Castle station.
It was a very soft… https://t.co/tf9XIHFMkf
RonyaTV @reikibou - 2020-11-23
@BryanDechart This is Himeji Castle in the Hyuogo prefecture in Japan. Though I'd really like to visit many other p… https://t.co/5QEph2BVAg
Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-11-23
Nebuchadnezzar II has completed Himeji Castle
52 Weeks Later 52WL ¦ Dee ¦ Japan ‣ Writing ‣ QA @52WeeksLater - 2020-11-22
Himeji Castle Guide: Best Plan for Visiting the Beautiful Grounds and Historical Sights https://t.co/57hLuJT07X https://t.co/DKWJzDbFN8
白檀香 @Sandalwoodzen - 2020-11-22
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Chiri @Chiri_cos - 2020-11-21
I made these in 2015 when I visited Himeji Castle.

2015 when freaking tkrb started I drew Honda and Tokugawa crest… https://t.co/3brK05JCEB
Ecrit de la Japonographie @DeEcrit - 2020-11-21
@GaijinGoombah 7:24 'Yoshiie' is misspelled/mispronounced. Moreover 'castle' is likely a mistranslation, since 'cas… https://t.co/CnsxBUctWW
Wendy LooLoo @wendy_looloo - 2020-11-21
@scottsflights Himeji Castle Japan. We were supposed to go this summer but am have moved it to summer 2022. https://t.co/zPN0Zyn3FG
Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-11-21
Himeji Castle has been built in a faraway land!
kul @pilgr1ms - 2020-11-21
Places I wanna go (12am thought):
1. St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow 🇷🇺
2. Himeji Castle, Himeji 🇯🇵
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