About Himeji Castle

Would you like to visit an original 17th-Century castle in Japan? Especially, if it is one of the only 12 existing ones in the country! Over the years, the beautiful Himeji Castle has managed to remain untouched from all calamities, both natural and manmade, including war, earthquakes, fires, etc. This enables one to soak in the original grandeur and air of this spectacular national treasure in Japan.

Himeji Castle is also called the Hakurojo ("White Heron Castle") or the Shirasagijo ("White Egret Castle"). The castle has earned these names due to its white plaster walls and bird-like profile. It comprises of more than 80 buildings spread across numerous baileys. These baileys are all interconnected with a series of winding paths and gates. The cherry blossoms in the courtyard of the Sannomaru bailey are absolutely spellbinding.

Himeji Castle is an extremely beloved and invaluable part of Japan’s culture and heritage. So much so that, UNESCO has added it to its list of World Heritage Sites. It is almost impossible to not visit the biggest and possibly the most popular castle in Japan.

Must See

  • Do stop by and admire the architectural splendor of the Hishi Gate and Bizen Gate.
  • Sangoku Moat is not only a picturesque location but also a strategic one. 
  • Chill out and enjoy the spectacular views at Nishi-no-Maru, which was originally built for Tadatoki Honda and Princess Sen to spend some leisurely time together.
  • If you visit the castle on a weekend, you may be lucky to spot the Himeji Castle Armored Group gate-keepers, wearing armors, and ninja stars.

How to reach

By Train: 

From Kobe/Osaka, the Sanyo Shinkansen Line: About 30 min from Shin Osaka
JR Kobe Line (Special rapid service) (bound for Himeji, Aboshi, and Banshu Ako): About one hour from Osaka, and 40 minutes from Sannomiya.
From Hiroshima/Okayama: 20 minutes from Okayama by Shinkansen and about one hour and 25 minutes by the local line. 

15-minute walk from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji station

By Bus: 

Take a Shinki bus at the North Exit of Himeji Station and get off at Otemon-mae Stop. A five-minute walk from the Otemon-mae bus stop.

By Car: 

Chugoku Expressway: Around 15min from Tohori Ramp via Bantan Expressway

Sanyo Expressway: Around 15 min from Hanada IC via Bantan Expressway

From Himeji Nishi IC: Around 25 min 

Hanshin Expressway: Around 15 min from Chuji Ramp via Himeji Bypass


  • Visiting the Castle during Sakura (cherry blossom season) is indeed a breathtaking experience.
  • If you truly want to cherish the beauty of the place, walking from the station to the Castle is the best way to soak into the pleasant ambiance.
  • Buy combined tickets to save money.
  • Always carry a valid ID card.
  • Keep your belongings safe and zipped up.
  • Making loud noises in public is considered rude. So be modest.
  • Dress appropriately, wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Carry water and light snacks to stay refreshed.
  • Some experienced tourists recommend visiting the place later in the day to avoid long queues for tickets.
  • The last ticket is sold one hour before closing time. 

Visit Time

September 1 - April 26

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 27 - August 31

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed days: December 29 and 30

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Waiting Time

You may have to wait in queue for tickets and entry.


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Entrance Fee



Adults: 1000 Yen

Children: 300 Yen

Group discount for 30 persons and over

Adults: 800 Yen

Children: 240 Yen

Combine ticket of Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden

Adults: 1040 Yen

Children: 360 Yen

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Time you can spend

2 to 4 hours


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