Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Himeji

Himeji-jō

Japan's most magnificent castle, Himeji-jō, is a Unesco World Heritage Site, national treasure and one of only a handful of original castles remaining (most are modern concrete reconstructions). It's nicknamed Shira…
Top Choice Gardens in Himeji

Kōkō-en

Across Himeji Castle's western moat is this stunning reconstruction of the former samurai quarters. Nine Edo period–style homes boast gardens with various combinations of waterfalls, koi ponds, intricately pruned tr…
Museum in Himeji

Himeji City Museum of Art

The permanent collection here includes painting, sculpture and crafts by Japanese and international artists, particularly Belgians like Magritte and Delvaux, as well as Picasso and Rodin.
Shinto Shrine in Himeji

Gokoku-jinja

Also called Shirasagi-no-miya (White Heron Shrine), this Shintō precinct is dedicated to Japanese war dead and nowadays does a big business in weddings.
Shinto Shrine in Himeji

Himeji-jinja

A quiet, understated shrine near the northeastern corner of the castle park.