Himeji Castle – “White Heron Castle”
Himeji Castle in the city of Himeji is Japan's most magnificent castle. The castle is one of the 12 “original castles” in Japan with its 83 buildings and impressive walls and gates. Himeji is one of the 12 original castles in Japan and is a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage.
If you have only time to visit one castle in Japan, Himeji Castle is the one. But all castles in Japan have their history and uniqueness so why not plan a castle tour all over Japan.
Himeji Castle has remained intact as it has never been destroyed in wars (not even at the extensive bombings of Himeji in World War II), earthquakes or fires and the castle had therefore kept its original form since 1618.
From Himeji Station, the castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute by bus or taxi. You can see the castle from the train station.