Because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a white heron taking flight, this castle is called “Hakuro-jo”. Himeji Castle is considered as a masterpiece from the times when Japan’s unique castle architectural techniques had reached their peak around the year 1600. Despite its graceful external appearance, Himeji Castle was built with a robust structure taking sufficiently into consideration the defensive and offensive aspects.
In 1993, the whole complex of the castle was registered as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Treasurer as well in 1951.
Please enjoy to the fullest its powerful and magnificent appearance in every detail.

*The tour will take you to the top floor of the Main Keep. You may be careful to the steep stairs to 6th floor from B1 floor. There are no elevators.

Koko-en Japanese Garden was constructed in 1992 at the exact site of the Lord West Residence of Himeji Castle as a background. The garden is composed of nine different gardens, built on the archaeologically excavated site of samurai houses and walking paths. Visitors will enjoy the historical atmosphere by the gardening techniques of the Edo period (1600 - 1860) and the magnificent view of Himeji Castle.
Himeji Castle Sannomaru Square is located inside the main gate and is only 5 minutes away by walk from Koko-en. It is a place where you can feel the majestic presence of Himeji Castle and the best spot to take pictures of the scenery.

Founded about one thousand years ago, Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is a pilgrimage site and one of the three training centers of the Tendai sect. There are several temple buildings on Mt.Shosha, and each building has different studies. This temple is famous as the Hollywood movie “Last Samurai”, many other movies and TV dramas were also shot here.
Please enjoy Zen-meditation and vegetarian meal for monks.

*The tour will walk on hilly paths and narrow stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes.
If you do not feel confident walking, please refrain from joining this tour.