Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle


Update 2021: After reading this article, scroll back up here and browse the 60 Most Spectacular Destinations for 2021 (opens in a new tab)

When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

Expect big crowds year-round, especially on weekends. Quieter months may be December, January, February and June.

To avoid the crowds and a possible 1-2 hour waiting time in the queues:
- Arrive early. At least a couple of minutes before the gates open at 9:00 AM.
- Avoid weekends, go mid-week

There is even congestion forecast on the official website: http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/ and a forecast calendar http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/p…


Search Hotel Deals near Himeji Castle or in Japan using Booking.com (You save money in Japan with their price guarantee. Bookmark the link!) Prefer TripAdvisor? Enter Himeji Castle here: Today's Hotel Deals on TripAdvisor (Affiliate Links)

Where and Tips

Northside of San-no Maru Plaza of Himeji Castle at 68 Honmachi, Himeji City

Himeji Castle is a hilltop castle complex from the feudal period. The castle is regarded as the most spectacular and finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. It's a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems.

It's a spectacular historic site and a must-see. Even for those who are not particularly interested in castles or historic sites, a trip to this place is really fascinating. It can be either a half day trip on the way to Hiroshima or a short day trip from Osaka or Kyoto.

Official website: http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/

[updated by whentobewhere]



A must see!


In particuler, it is very nice to visit in the season of Sakura...
I really enjoyed here in April 2016...


These pics are from October, 2015...