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Himeji Castle in Each Season|Introducing the scenery of the World Heritage Site “Himeji Castle” in each season! Aim for the best shot!

Himeji Castle, a national treasure, is now attracting attention from around the world! The number of visitors to Himeji Castle in fiscal year 2015 was the highest ever recorded at 2,867,051, ranking first among castles in Japan in terms of the number of visitors during the fiscal year. Himeji Castle is a World Heritage Site full of attractions! We will introduce you to the World Heritage Site Himeji Castle with its many attractions in each season.

・Himeji Castle in Spring

Himeji Castle is nicknamed “Shirasagi-jo” (White Egret Castle) because of its graceful appearance that resembles a white egret spreading its wings.

The castle tower and the white walls of Himeji Castle are reflected in the scenery, which has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

The spot where beautiful cherry blossoms and the white castle tower can be seen is very popular and attracts many visitors from all over Japan.

In addition to someiyoshino cherry trees, there are approximately 1,000 weeping cherry trees and mountain cherry trees planted in the Nishinomaru Garden.

The area near Himeji Gokoku Shrine, south of the Himeji Municipal Zoo, is a hidden photo spot where you can take pictures of Himeji Castle over the “Jomibashi Bridge”.

It is also recommended to frame a Japanese-style boat cruising around the inner moat of Himeji Castle. You will be able to take more elegant photos.    More info >>

There are many other cherry blossom photo spots around Himeji Castle, such as the rows of cherry trees in “Higashiiyashiki Ato Park” and weeping cherry trees in “Kamiyamazato”. Try to find your own unique photo spot with Himeji Castle in the angle.

Every year, “Night Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” is held when the cherry blossoms are in bloom (a separate admission fee is required). The night is illuminated, and the fantastic scenery is enchanting.

Blooming Five minutes in bloom Full bloom Leaf Cherry Blossom
2021 March 19 March 27 March 30 April 12
2020 March 24 March 31 April 5 April 20
 2019 March 29 April 4 April 6 April 22
 2018 March 25 March 28 March 30 April 9

Past bloom and full bloom dates are shown above. If you are worried about your Hanami schedule, why not refer to them?

・Himeji Castle in Summer

The castle tower is so beautiful, dazzling against the green of the trees and the clear summer sky. Only in summer does Himeyama, the base of Himeji Castle, turn so lushly green.

Jomidai Park, a 5-minute walk from Himeji Castle, is famous for its replica of the castle tower’s Shachihoko (mythical orcas). The view from between the orcas has been selected as one of the “Ten Scenic Views of Himeji Castle”. It is a must-see photo spot for Himeji sightseeing.

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・Himeji Castle in Autumn

Around Himeji Castle, trees in Himeyama Park and Shirotopia Memorial Park turn bright red, perfect for foliage viewing.

KOKO-EN, adjacent to the west side of Himeji Castle, holds an annual autumn foliage festival called “Momijie” (autumn foliage viewing). You can see beautiful autumn leaves illuminated by lights. The best time to view the autumn leaves is from mid to late November.  More info >>

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・Himeji Castle in Winter

Covered with snow, Himeji Castle is dazzlingly white.

It doesn’t snow near the castle very often, so it doesn’t accumulate much. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the snow-covered Himeji Castle.

The white Himeji Castle looks beautiful against the clear winter sky. On the day after it snows, you can capture the precious snow-covered Himeji Castle with your camera.

Note: Photo courtesy of Himeji City



Himeji Castle

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68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
Business hours
Open 24 hours a day except during events
The toll gates in Himeji Castle are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:00 p.m. )
*Varies according to the season
Regular holiday
Dec 29th and 30th
Adult: 1,000 yen
Elementary and junior high school student and high school student: 300 yen
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This article is current as of Feb 25, 2022. It may differ from the latest information.