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Himeji castle

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
Phone 079-285-1146
Open time 9:00 to 16:00 (Gates closed 17:00) Summer until 17:00 (Gates closed 18:00)
Fee ¥1,000
Web Site
Etc Closed:December 29 and 30