Dating to 1609, the striking white edifice of Himeji Castle (nicknamed “White Egret Castle”), is one of the few that has escaped the ravages of civil war, earthquakes and firebombings. Most notably, the castle miraculously survived World War II virtually unscathed, despite the rest of the city having been levelled by American carpet bombing. The castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931 and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. It is virtually the last castle in Japan that still manages to tower over the surrounding skyscrapers and office buildings.
- From Tokyo to Himeji by Bullet Train Nozomi (Some Nozomi don’t stop at Himeji)(3h10)
- From Osaka to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (57 min)
- From Kyoto to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (1 h 25 min)
Himeji on our Google map