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"Himeji-jo" Himeji Castle Tip by kevarms

Himeji Castle, Himeji: 59 reviews and 118 photos

This is the most impressive of Japan's medieval castles and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has all the classic features of a Japanese fortress - a cunning arrangement of massive stone walls and a wide moat protecting the central 'donjon' (keep). It really does look formidable. The great thing about Himeji-jo is it is nearly all original, having never been attacked in feudal Japan or damaged by bombs in WW2.
Visitors can explore the magnificent 6-storey donjon with more interesting defensive features and climb the steep stairs (almost ladders) to the top floor room. For anybody who knows the Musashi story it was here that he fights the ghost of Lord Hideyori Toyotomi. It's quite atmospheric.

Directions: About 15 minutes walk north of Himeji Station.
Phone: +81 79-285-1146

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  • Written May 5, 2007
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