Himeji Castle

Japan’s most famous castle takes pride in history so marvelous that it will overwhelm you with amazement.

Set in a lush landscape in the city of Himeji, Himeji Castle is the epitome of classic Japanese castle architecture. It harbors 83 chambers interwoven with defensive networks. Ever since its construction in 1333, the castle has worn many faces. And today, it earns the epithet “White Egret Castle” with its creamy white exterior and its resemblance to a bird taking flight.

Somehow preserving its integrity throughout the devastating bombings of World War II and natural disasters, Himeji Castle earned a place among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Moats and fortified walls surround it on all sides, adding to the site’s picture-perfect beauty.

As you tour among the rooms and halls, you will see several structures designed to keep off enemies. They constitute the best examples of war strategies in the country—especially in the feudal period. Some of the most intriguing ones are the stone drop windows that were used to pour stones and oil on attackers. The outer layer of the castle grounds is also a maze in itself. It features passages and gates designed to confuse intruders. On top of the genius behind its architecture, a myriad of local legends and stories associated with the castle will accompany you to the top floor. Once you are there, seek an opening and witness breathtaking city views.

Himeji Castle Gallery

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