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With its castle keep reaching for the sky, and beautiful white walls expanding across the horizon, this castle is sometimes called Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle), because it looks like a white heron flying in the sky. It became Japan's first World Cultural Heritage site in 1993. Blooming cherry blossom trees surround the castle in spring and the autumn leaves offer a spectacular view during autumn.
68 Hon-cho, Himeji, Hyogo
Adults 1,000 Under 17 years old 300
Late April to August : 9:00-17:00September to mid-April : 9:00-16:00
29th December to 30th December
Restoration project was completed last March 2015 over a 5-year period. The parking spaces in the vicinity always have queues lining up.
Ride the Shinki bus at JR "Himeji", alight in front of Ote-mon Gate, and walk for 5 minutes.
From JR "Sanyohimeji", walk 20 minutes from "Himeji".
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