Known as the “White heron castle” and renowned as one of the most beautiful castles in Japan, a visit to Himeji Castle should be on any history buff’s itinerary of western Japan.
The Castle is huge, imposing, beautiful, and somehow it managed to escape the fiery fate of most of its contemporaries. The six-storied, wedding cake–like main keep rises to a height of 46 meters, with extensive views of the surrounding city and countryside.
Himeji Castle is very much on the beaten track as far as tourists are concerned. When coronavirus counter measures allow, it will likely once again see huge crowds of both Japanese and international tourists.
The castle has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also officially designated as a Japanese national treasure.
- 1.3 km from Himeji Station Sanyo ShinkansenJR Kobe Line (A85)