Himeji Castle tops TripAdvisor website rankings for second year; Naoyuki Mori; The Asahi Shimbun

Japan – Himeji-jo

HIMEJI, Hyogo Prefecture–Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site here, has been named Japan’s top-ranked castle for the second year in a row.

The ranking comes from TripAdvisor, one of the worlds’ largest travel websites, based on customer feedback.

Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture was listed No. 2 for the third consecutive year.

“We are very encouraged,” said Hiroshi Shirotani, Himeji Castle’s managing director, of the No. 1 placing. “To gain more satisfaction from visitors, we will keep up the good work in our management and operation.”

U.S.-based TripAdvisor features users’ ratings of tourist attractions and hotels using a five-point scale, plus their reviews, and it covers 49 countries and regions worldwide. The category “Top 20 Best Castles in Japan” was added to the website in 2013.


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