Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijo) is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle. Unlike many other Japanese castles, Himeji Castle was never destroyed in wars, earthquakes or fires and survives in its original form. It is both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site.
From Himeji Station, the castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute bus or taxi ride along the broad Otemae-dori Street, which leads straight from the station to the castle.
information source: japan-guide.com
9:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from late April through August)
Admission into the inner castle grounds ends one hour before closing time.
Admission to the observation deck starts at 9:15 and ends 45 minutes before closing.
The observation deck will be open until January 15, 2014.
600 yen (reduced to 400 yen during the renovation until March 2015)
Observation platform: 200 yen
Address: 68, Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo
Airport: Itami Airport
December 29 and 30