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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

Ethan Trewhitt @courtarro - 2020-04-05
Japan day 15: April 4, 2019. Venturing the farthest west our trip would take us, we visited and toured the beautifu… https://t.co/7YywkFRiXx
Lunaguava @Lunaguava - 2020-04-05
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She had somehow forgotten that the whole Castle Cachtice/UGLY PYRAMID/Himeji Castle combination was still a thing.

Wishful forgetfulness.
Nyxi 🔥 @Maido_Nyxi - 2020-04-04
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そうめん @mr_soumen - 2020-04-04
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Asian History @asianhistory - 2020-04-03
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Hime (Simping for Futaba and Kasumi at P5R) @NotNeetHime - 2020-04-03
'Yes, I was the Lord of the Himeji Castle in Japan. I worked at first advising and controlling things from the shad… https://t.co/oCsOtEd24P
Hime (Withdrawal Syndrome Edition) @NotNeetHime - 2020-04-03
'Yes, I was the Lord of the Himeji Castle in Japan. I worked at first advising and controlling things from the shad… https://t.co/oCsOtEd24P
Jack.k @jacknormie - 2020-04-03
@resilienthkgirl Himeji Castle is located in the western part of Japan and is worth visiting, it is 30 min from Osaka by bullet train
Kintoki Got Out Of Containment @Kintoki_Says - 2020-04-03
@NobukatsuSays ...I'm being informed that Himeji castle is actually in Hyogo. But still. Osaka is pretty nifty.
Sage Hawthorne @lawyerpwny - 2020-04-03
@tabbiewolf I'd want to tour some shrines and maybe see Himeji Castle.

And so much food.
🔶🔷Kaitlan🔶🔷 @kaitlandavis - 2020-04-03
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Eric³ 💔 freckle season @ericthelemming - 2020-04-02
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Eric³ 💔 freckle season @ericthelemming - 2020-04-02
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THE GATE🇯🇵 【Japan travel media】 @TheGateJapan - 2020-04-02
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Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-04-02
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charlie ∞ // #Fiesta @yyemj - 2020-04-02
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Ancient History Encyclopedia @ahencyclopedia - 2020-04-01
Japan in Medieval Times #history #emperor_of_japan #himeji_castle
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Marta M Gonzalez 마르타 Ich bin Ausländer @Jimena_1976 - 2020-04-01
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Photo Japan @PhotoJapanNews - 2020-04-01
Beautiful cherry blossoms frame the iconic Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture: https://t.co/zajEiDuS5y
muchspider @muchspider1 - 2020-04-01
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JapanwiththeFam @Japanwiththefam - 2020-03-31
@TheRealJapan1 We love Himeji castle! Definitely our favourite!!
RobKendrew @rob_kendrew - 2020-03-31
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Miiree Mocholí @MiiReee3 - 2020-03-30
Share lockscreen, homescreen, last song listened to, 15th picture in gallery!

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卐 明らめる 卐 @Elucidatus - 2020-03-30
Himeji castle 姫路城, Himeji, Hyōgo Japan.

Small, narrow entranceways between buildings ensured that invading samurai… https://t.co/h1AruYIWNI
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Himeji castle 姫路城, Himeji, Hyōgo Japan.

Small, narrow entranceways between buildings ensured that invading samurai… https://t.co/h1AruYIWNI
Michelle Parry-Slater in SHQ @MiPS1608 - 2020-03-29
@dougshaw1 Well, used to live in Japan and Jamie proposed there at Himeji Castle, so that's kinda my kids heritage too! #LoveJapan
Michelle Parry-Slater is in SHQ @MiPS1608 - 2020-03-29
@dougshaw1 Well, used to live in Japan and Jamie proposed there at Himeji Castle, so that's kinda my kids heritage too! #LoveJapan
🌹Maléfica🕊 @Male_malefica - 2020-03-29
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It is one of the oldest structures in medieval Japan that still survives in good condition. B… https://t.co/cP9F8yTet7
Wonder Completed @CompletedWonder - 2020-03-28
Ramesses II has completed Himeji Castle
そうめん @mr_soumen - 2020-03-28
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🇯🇵 Yuji ✈️ @Yuji_Rich - 2020-03-28
#Himeji_Japan

Beautiful Cherry blossoms and
Himeji Castle https://t.co/nadkZpSFkw
Christian Clark @christianbclark - 2020-03-27
Japan's cherry blossom season famously begins in April and lasts for around two weeks. The best places to see the b… https://t.co/B4OoNACIg0
Hime (Simping for Futaba at P5R) @NotNeetHime - 2020-03-27
'And thank you, Musashi-chan. I will be sure to take your offer, you... are a good friend that I wish to be friends… https://t.co/D3EiW8Vzry
Osakabehime (Hime for friends) @NotNeetHime - 2020-03-27
'And thank you, Musashi-chan. I will be sure to take your offer, you... are a good friend that I wish to be friends… https://t.co/D3EiW8Vzry
Robyn Ravlich @RobynRavlich - 2020-03-27
Beautiful photos. Lorrie Granham has such an eye!
The elegant Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan https://t.co/HE8PhaxBxn
saaaaawiiii___ @sunnyyyyyyyyyy_ - 2020-03-27
Before Outbreak ❄️ @ Himeji Castle https://t.co/dVl5aWGBU3

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