About Himeji

With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen (the main Bullet train line linking Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima).
A small city at the western edge of the Kansai region, the city boasts Japan’s finest castle. At one point in the late 1500’s, it was the biggest castle in all of Asia.

  • The remarkable Castle
  • Mount Shosha (Shoshazan) and its 1,000-year-old-temple complex
  • Kokoen garden composed of nine separate Japanese-style-gardens of the Edo period

Dating to 1609, the striking white edifice of Himeji Castle (nicknamed “White Egret Castle”), is one of the few that has escaped the ravages of civil war, earthquakes and firebombings. Most notably, the castle miraculously survived World War II virtually unscathed, despite the rest of the city having been levelled by American carpet bombing. The castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931 and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. It is virtually the last castle in Japan that still manages to tower over the surrounding skyscrapers and office buildings.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Himeji by Bullet Train Nozomi (Some Nozomi don’t stop at Himeji)(3h10)
  • From Osaka to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (57 min)
  • From Kyoto to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (1 h 25 min)

Himeji on our Google map

Our packages including Himeji


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