Himeji-jo, known also as Himeji Castle, is located in Himeji City, in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. A fort was originally built during the 14th century AD on the present-day castle site, though the current structure dates to the 17 th century AD.
Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a national treasure in western Japan, fully reopens after a three-month closure due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
Japan is home to many majestic castles. They are symbols of the country’s history, culture and pride. Showcasing some the nation’s most traditional architecture, they conjure images of samurai and warring feudal lords.
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Himeji Castle is a national treasure and was also the first site Japan to be inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. With 1,800 somei yoshino, yaezakura, and shidarezakura trees, it is also one of Japan’s best places to view cherry blossoms, whose radiant pink petals offer a breathtaking contrast to the castle’s white walls.
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Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Built as a samurai fortress in 1581-1609 CE / Photo by André Doiron, Flickr, Creative Commons. The castle is the largest and best-preserved samurai fortification in the country.
Wondering why to visit Himeji, Japan? Being home to the famed Himeji Castle, Himeji continues to be one of the most popular cities in Japan amongst foreigners. Find out why travellers from all around the world queue to see this UNESCO World Heritage site and learn when to visit to avoid crowds.
Plans include boosting language services and including the site on tours…