This flatland-mountain castle stands to the north of central Himeji. It’s one of twelve existing castles in Japan with a keep built in the Edo period or earlier. Its beautiful white walls account for its other name, the White Heron Castle. Its beauty is also the reason for its ranking second on the list of castles to see before you die on an American travel review website. Eight of the buildings are national treasures, and 74 are important national cultural properties. Along with Hōryū-ji Temple in Nara, it was the first place in Japan registered as a World Heritage Site.
|Address||68 Honmachi, Himeji City, Hyōgo|
|Open time||9:00 to 16:00 (Gates closed 17:00) Summer until 17:00 (Gates closed 18:00)|
|Etc||Closed：December 29 and 30|