"Himeji Castle" is a World Heritage Site, nicknamed "Shirasagi (Egret) Castle" because of its white plaster walls and its elegant appearance. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 rooms Himeji Castle started off as a fort in 1333. This structure is especially impressive in that it has never had to be rebuilt despite wars, earthquakes, fires, or the like. It is one of twelve Japanese Castles to stand in its originally built form. Himeji-jo is over 400 years old. During World War II, it somehow survived repeated bombings to the city of Himeji. The main entrance to the castle passes through the Otemon Gate. This area is open The Hishi Gate marks the pay-to-enter area. Although a popular cherry blossom spot, the fall season is also a great time to visit. Some of the trees turn so bright and deep in shades of orange and red, that it almost looks painted.
On the west side of Himeji Castle, there is a Japanese garden called Kokoen which has wonderful views of Himeji Castle. The Japanese garden and the pure white Himeji Castle collaborate to give you a wonderful view. Please refer to the Town map. No.2 pin on the map is that location. If time permits, we recommend you to visit there as well. Please also refer to the photo for the Kokoen.
--Parking Lot: Himeji Castle Otemon Parking (姫路城 大手門駐車場)
Fee: 600 yen for the first 3 hours, 900 yen for over 3 hours and within 1 day
Distance: Approximately 500 meters to the Himeji Castle admission ticket office.
Note: 582 cars. Please refer to the photo for the parking lot.
Cherry blossoms: End Mar-Bgn Apr
Autumn leaves: Mid Nov-Bgn Dec
Opening hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (The last admission is 16:00. End Apr-End Aug is extended by 1 hour)
Closed: December 29th-December 30th
There are pamphlets in English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), and Korean.
Foreign language guide (please apply at a major ticket gate)
The building is more than 400 years old, so the inside of the building is not barrier-free.
About 1 hour and 20 minutes by car or 94km from/to Osaka City (using expressway).