Himeji Castle

Local name姫路城
LocationHimeji, Japan

Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in Himeji, a city in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 rooms with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.As with almost all Japanese castles from the Azuchi-Momoyama period onward, the tenshu, the most prominent structure, was used as a storehouse in times of peace and as a fortified tower in times of war, and the daimyo's government offices and residences were located in a group of single-story buildings near the tenshu and the surrounding yagura.Himeji Castle dates to 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill.

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Opening hours

Last admission an hour before closing.

Closed on Dec 29 and 30.


General admission: 1000 JPY
Children, students: 300 JPY

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himeji_Castle

Official Website http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/guide/castle/

More info at UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/661

Phone +81 79 285 1146

Address 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan

Coordinates 34°50'21.663" N 134°41'38.417" E

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