Himeji Castle Walking Tour

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

2.9 miles
475 feet

kid friendly


scenic driving


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.

Monday, October 18, 2010

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