Himeji Castle

Constructed: 1346

Himeji Castle


Description of Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫 路 城) is a Japanese castle located in the coastal city of Himeji in Hyōgo prefecture (former district of Shikito in Harima province), about 47 km west of Kobe. It is one of the oldest structures in medieval Japan that still survives in good condition. It was designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1993, it is also a special historical site of Japan and a National Treasure. Together with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, it is one of the "Three Famous Castles" of Japan, and is the most visited in the country. It is sometimes known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō ("Castle of the White Heron") due to the bright white color of its exterior.

Himeji castle appears frequently in the Japanese television, like scene of films and fiction series, because the Edo Castle in Tokyo at the moment does not own a main tower similar to which it has the Castle Himeji. It is a point of reference used inside the city of Himeji, since being located the castle on a hill, can be seen from great part of the city.


Himeji Castle originally known as Himeyama castle was started in 1346 with last major addition of the West Circle in 1618. Despite the fact that much of the surroundings were bombed during World War 2 the castle itself was not damaged. The only bomb that did fell within its walls did not explode.