Himeji castle is nicknamed Hakuro-jo or Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle or White Heron Castle) for its distinctive and unique white walls and elegant architecture, which is said to evoke a bird taking flight.

It is also Japan’s largest castle, and while many of the nation’s treasures have succumbed to natural disasters and wartime bombing, this castle has come through it all remarkably unscathed. In fact, proud locals are convinced that the castle has divine protection.

The extensive grounds and buildings preserved as a museum through which the modern visitor can explore and feel the history.

The castle dominates the town and you can see how glorious and imposing it must have been back in the day of the samurai.

The town and the castle are located in classically beautiful countryside and within striking distance of a variety of tourist attractions.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle in Japan

View from the nest

View of Himeji from the nest

Koko-en Gardens

Koko-en Gardens in Himeji