Himeji Castle Walking Tour

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Himeji Castle Walking Tour is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near the city of Himeji. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and scenic driving.

2.9 miles 479 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

scenic driving

walking

Also known as Shirasagijo - the White Heron Castle. Himeji-jo is a hilltop castle, as opposed to a flatland or mountain complex and comprises of 83 wooden buildings that are recognized as either "National Treasures" or "Important Cultural Properties." It is also listed as a "UNESCO World Heritage Site". The castle is occasionally known as "Hakurojo" (White Egret Castle) or "Shirasagijo" (White Heron Castle) because of it's brilliant white exterior and it's supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. Himejo-jo dates back to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura (a Samurai and Clan leader) built a fort atop of Himeyama (Mt Hime), but, in 1346, the fort was dismantled and rebuilt as Himeyama-jo. Then, two-centuries later, the castle was remodeled and renamed Himeji-jo. In 1581, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (a Daimyo or territorial Lord) significantly remodeled the castle and added a 3-story castle keep. From 1601 to 1603 the castle was completely rebuilt, expanding it into a large castle complex, then,from 1617 to 1618, several more buildings were added to the complex. For more than 400-years, Himeji-jo has remained intact, even throughout the extensive bombings of Himeji, during World War II, Natural Disasters,such as the 1995 "Great Hanshin Earthquake", and various typhoons. Today Himeji-jo still survives in it's original form.

6 years ago

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for the comment.I get a great deal of satisfaction researching and writing for the Guides.It's a great way to learn about Japan's history,that dates-back many thousands of years.
Cheers,
Barry.

6 years ago

Hi Barry - As soon as my daughter graduates from high school, I'm going to visit all these great places.
You're a good judge of excellent photography. Keep those guides coming. They're fun to read.

6 years ago

This is a really well-written guide with incredible photos. Someday, I'd love to explore this region.