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This pure white castle is worth a full day trip if you're in the Kansai area. Being one of the most beautiful sights in Japan its a visit nobody should miss!
It is a world herritage sight and todays castle dates back to 1580 (there has been forts here since 1333). It has central tower (donjon) with 5 storyes and three smaller donjons. Its surrounded by moats and heavy walls with openings for firing guns and arrows.
Take a tour inside, follow the arrows - this takes about 90minutes. See the spot for harakiri, the ritual suicide of the samurai. Let the view from the top take your breath away.
English guides are available and these tours are free.
And whilst in Himeji take a right at the carpark when exiting the castle and visit the old samurai quarters, Himeji Koko-en. Magnificent gardens and a peaceful strole after the climb up to Himeji castle top.
Go here first if you have time since here you can buy a ticket valid for both the quarters and the castle which is not possible if you do it vice versa... This ticket ends up being cheaper than paying for admission seperatly.
Address: 68 Hon-machi, Himeji.
Directions: 15min walk from Himeji station. Follow signs.
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