A National treasure for Japan, Himeji Castle became the first World Heritage Site in Japan alongside Nara's Horyuji Temple in December 1993. Because of its graceful figure like a white heron spreading its wings, the castle is also called " Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle). There are Daitenshu (the main keep) with clear white stucco exterior walls, which has 5 layers and 7 floors inside, and three Kotenshu (small subsidiary keeps) in east, west, and north (Inui) connected with the roofed passage tower. It was built in 1609, which took more than 400 years and is one of the 12 Tenshu (main keeps) of which were built before Edo period. Himeji Castle finished its repair in Heisei period and grand opening to the public on March 27, 2015.
Photo by Himeji City
|Getting Here||20 minutes walk from JR Himeji Station and Sanyo Himeji Station or 5 minutes walk after getting off at Shinki Bus "Otemonzen"|
|Opening hours||9: 00-17: 00 (castle area is open until 16:00)|
|Tickets||【Adult】1,000 yen 【Child (elementary school, junior high school, high school student)】300 yen|