Himeji attractions

Top Choice Castle in Himeji


Himeji-jō is Japan's most magnificent castle, built in 1580 by general Toyotomi Hideyoshi and one of only a few original castles from that era (most are modern concrete reconstructions). Its white-plaster facade (an…
Gardens in Himeji


This is a modern recreation of an Edo-era samurai residence, with a lovely strolling garden complete with a central pond (filled with koi) and a teahouse (matcha ¥500). The layout and building design were based on a…
Museum in Himeji

Himeji City Museum of Art

The permanent collection here includes painting, sculpture and crafts by Japanese and international artists, particularly Belgians such as René Magritte and Paul Delvaux, as well as Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.