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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


Kakuzō @AkutagawaKakuzo - 2019-10-14
Yesterday my brother entered my room and asked what was I doing:

-What are you doing?
-I'm watching a documentary… https://t.co/p4RlfzTJIu
Robert Ferreyra @RobertUYMVD - 2019-10-14
Himeji Castle.....breathtaking !!! en 姫路城 (Himeji Castle) https://t.co/YOCfO9WTGn
ヲムレツ🦋 @omom_sarasa - 2019-10-14
@nohalfmeasures1 World Heritage the Himeji Castle!
Asian History @asianhistory - 2019-10-13
Japan's unique features - Hyogo’s Himeji-jo Castle 

 Impregnable Castle that is Japan’s First World Heritage Site… https://t.co/qXyl2r0rjn
Darren Bigelow @dsbigelowauthor - 2019-10-13
@MadForMaple I wrote a children’s book(never published) about an egret that travels from Tottori to Himeji castle —… https://t.co/KWuuLGNfZD
Sir Ted Lasso @theodorelasso - 2019-10-13
@OllieHolt22 Were you able to do any sightseeing in other parts of Japan? Himeji Castle is incredible if you get a… https://t.co/P6hXKQaBtr
TalesofAdam @AdamDemseyRoll - 2019-10-13
2 more weeks till Himeji Castle https://t.co/2lsARdxfUA
Team Albert @AlbertMylesAM - 2019-10-13
Himeji Castle View From The Hishi Gate https://t.co/ZIKY41KsnA Via @MuzaChan
ItsJ0el … @ItsJ0el - 2019-10-12
Himeji castle visit was nice https://t.co/CfK441UpUZ
SpookyWaifuMaster @ILoveThighss - 2019-10-12
THE BAT MONSTER IN HIMEJI CASTLE?!??!?!?!?!?!! https://t.co/cGG5mUv3ZX
Stella 🌼 @Bell_live03 - 2019-10-12
Good night💫

memories of summer🌼

*⑅୨୧Japan is rich in beautiful scenery *⑅୨୧

Himeji−jo castle and Awaji−sima Isl… https://t.co/RXJF7igjxE
makoto k. @DcTZSunc29vkN5s - 2019-10-12
I'm studying about Himeji Castle, National Treasure and World Cultural Heritage.
🎃🐾EnvyPlays🐾🎃 🔜 Supanova [Adelaide] @Envy_Plays - 2019-10-12
Part 12 of Kinnikuman is up! In this part, as we fight our way to the throne, Nagoya Castle and Himeji Castle sudde… https://t.co/oLUtbrdI6F
Meteor Pixel 🔜 EGX @MeteorPixel - 2019-10-11
Kintaro - 'Aha, it was Himeji Castle (姫路城) !'

More updates on 'Tales from the Floating World' coming soon. Remembe… https://t.co/Rxjy9qvBdR
Suwandi C Photo @suwandicphoto - 2019-10-11
Autumn Sunset at Himeji Castle.
#Himeji #HimejiCastle #Castle #Japan #shotoniphone #iphoneonly #iphonephotography… https://t.co/INBvPSJiMO
Andrew Jolly 🐢 @andrew_jolly - 2019-10-10
Osaka part 2 - Osaka Castle, a side trip to Himeji Castle (& Hiroshima), Koko-en gardens, Shinsekai, and Universal… https://t.co/rEPHIg6sdB
Ekhlasur Rahman @ekhlasur - 2019-10-10
Early morning visit to Himeji Castle. #ekhandlaurainjapan https://t.co/scvBEeX3Et https://t.co/lhfNOdvyWY
Katherine Wichmann Z @SousChefWic - 2019-10-10
Shinkansen to Hiroshima, Himeji, beautiful castle! @ Himeji Castle 姬路城 https://t.co/4BN3H4VKzo
Phillip L. Van, MD @PVanMD - 2019-10-10
Japanese garden adjacent to Himeji Castle

#travel #wanderlust #travelphotography #garden #japanesegarden #himeji… https://t.co/LNaGXu4qUM
Phillip L. Van, MD @PVanMD - 2019-10-10
Relatively quick tour of Himeji Castle

#himeji #himejicastle #himejijapan #japan #travel #wanderlust… https://t.co/w8OZisL2FA
Wrighty #japan tourist @WrightyGaming - 2019-10-10
Late but here is day 12 of #japan round up! 🇯🇵

Went over to #Himeji and checked out the castle there, also went up… https://t.co/xHkFUSnwDz
mal @malverav - 2019-10-10
himeji castle for #inktoberday9. such a cool castle and the original photo is one of my favourites (my friend again… https://t.co/wYx8MyWpqQ
とらっどじゃぱん @trad_jpn - 2019-10-10
Himeji Castle is a National Treasure, and in 1993 it was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. 1/2 #gogakuru #English
Satoshi @Satoshi34272951 - 2019-10-09
Himeji Castle looks beautiful and elegant even from a distance.

#himejicastle… https://t.co/Ie5mSzDx3y
ᮏᮥᮔ᮪ᮏᮥᮔ᮪ ᮙᮥᮜᮤᮃ ᮠᮤᮙᮝᮔ᮪ @kaoshitam - 2019-10-09
My best moment is when i explored the interior of Himeji castle...
✴️ Mister Infamous ✴️ @LoverOfTheVoid - 2019-10-09
@FoEmpires Never had a delphi, my favorite GB is either the arc, the cape or the himeji castle
Claudio Rivera @atClaudioRivera - 2019-10-08
Hello Kitty bullet train! Haha. We almost rode it, but decided to see the castle instead. @ Himeji, Hyogo https://t.co/91LiuJwoLf
Doki@🇯🇵 @dokimachine - 2019-10-08
@NaoppyJ Ah. You mean an area of Himeji castle? I’ll go there soon. But yeah. I can’t go find you. So bad...
Doki✈️🇯🇵 @dokimachine - 2019-10-08
@NaoppyJ Ah. You mean an area of Himeji castle? I’ll go there soon. But yeah. I can’t go find you. So bad...
Gabriel Zanotti @gabrielmises - 2019-10-08
16 Bucket List Things To Do In Japan For The Most Epic Trip Ever | Japan日本 | Himeji castle, Japan travel, Japanese… https://t.co/ldy6ivoB01
Japan Australia @Japan_Australia - 2019-10-08
@donnyjkimball Hard to beat the visually stunning Matsumoto Castle in Nagano but Nagoya Castle is the best. It was… https://t.co/R82YJwLXLi
Mike MacKenzie @MWMacKenzie - 2019-10-08
Himeji Castle In bottom photo large vertical stone is a coffin stone! Many coffins were used in original constructi… https://t.co/S5sNHPQtFA
Mike MacKenzie @MWMacKenzie - 2019-10-08
View from top (6th) floor if Himeji Castle; main interior pillar; general floor layout; view from ground. https://t.co/5hxHtixr6X
Alegna Lombillo @soyalegna - 2019-10-07
Descovering Japan's Jewels. Himeji Castle. #culturalheritage #Edo #latinosenjapon #Travelers japonalternativo… https://t.co/R7fbc4O5qx


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