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Himeji Castle Walking Tour is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Himeji Shi, Hyōgo, Japan and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



historic site

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.

3 months ago

You can walk here from the Himeji train station, maybe a mile or less. Once you pay admission to the castle, there's an extensive tour through the interior as well as plenty of exploring in the gardens within the castle walls. Absolutely stunning.

Sun Mar 31 2019


Mon Oct 18 2010

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

7 months ago

Sat Feb 17 2018