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Himeji Castle, Himeji

A World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle represents the largest structure of its kind in Japan. Constructed in the 14th century, the grandiose castle underwent several major reconstructions since then, surviving two scheduled demolitions, the 1945 bombings, and an earthquake. Admire the imposing structure from the outside, or roam the well-kept interior and labyrinthine garden paths. Put Himeji Castle into our Himeji road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Finally got the chance to visit this wonderful castle. It is magnificent! Quite some stairs to climb so this may be quite challenging for ppl with knee problem.  more »
  • I was surprised that no one has posted it since the last post. Does this mean that there are so many tourists on this site? I can't believe it. Because it went up to the castle tower last time, i went around and walked while looking for the photography spot round and round. Although there were a few group guests on weekday afternoons, there were not many individual customers in general. I was able to go sightseeing withpeace without being crowded. Because the accommodation was designated on the himeji castle side on the 13th floor in front of the station, the castle is seen well from there, and the light-up is very fantastic.
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  • I stopped here on the way to Hiroshima. It was located just one kilometer away from the station, which is walkable for me. The garden area was quite large, an amazing view of the castle can be seen in pretty much every spot of the garden. The castle is unusually bright and pretty.
  • Very impressed with this beautiful and romantic castle in Himeji. I was surprised how well it is maintained. It is just breathtaking. Having been to many castle in the world. This one surely rank one of the top 5 castles on my list. Best looking one in the whole of Asia. Upon arrival, I was given a English tour guide. He is a 68 years old retiree and come to work as volunteer. He looks healthy and fit too. I am blessed to have him to walk with me. He is so knowledgeable about the castle and explained a lot of in details yet make it very interesting at the same time. All in all, it was a magical experience.
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