Himeji Castle

Highly recommended
This masterpiece of 17C Japanese architecture is said to resemble a graceful "white heron in flight", even though it was built solely for defensive purposes with a five-storey central keep, defensive towers, an intricate maze of paths designed to confuse intruders and fan-shaped ramparts... The castle was however never attacked during its four centuries of existence. Since 2015, after a massive renovation programme, it is possible to explore the whole fort and go to the top of the main keep, which commands a splendid panorama of the town.

Useful information

Address:

Himeji

Price:

1000 ¥ (children 300 ¥)

Opening hours

end Apr-end Aug: 9am-5pm; rest of year 9am-4pm

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