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Himeji Castle Cherry Blossom 2024 Forecast|Check out the light-up events too!

The best season to visit Himeji Castle is from late March to early April, when the combination of the castle and cherry blossoms is beautiful. As many as 50,000 people a day visit Himeji Castle to catch a glimpse of the scenery that can only be seen during this season. Check the cherry blossom forecast and event information in advance to catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery!

・Himeji Castle is the best place to view cherry blossoms in Himeji!

Himeji Castle is a famous sightseeing spot in Himeji. It is visited by many tourists throughout the year. The most popular time of the year is when the cherry blossoms bloom, from late March to early April. The cherry blossoms of Himeji Castle, selected as one of the “100 Best Cherry Blossom Sites in Japan,” are well worth seeing.

In Japan, “hanami” is the Japanese term for viewing cherry blossoms and enjoying the arrival of spring. One way to enjoy hanami is to lay out a rug under the cherry blossoms, eat a box lunch, and drink sake. There is even a saying that goes “hana yori dango(dumplings are better than flowers),” referring to the fact that while viewing cherry blossoms, one’s attention is drawn to dumplings and other sweet foods.

San-no-maru Hiroba, a classic hanami spot spread out in front of Himeji Castle, is open to everyone free of charge. In 2024, it will be open from March 22 to April 7.

Sanyo Department Store and Piore Himeji are scattered around Himeji Station, so it is a good idea to buy a boxed lunch or prepared foods and enjoy hanami in the Japanese style. Feel the Japanese spring under the cherry blossoms while basking in the mild sunlight.

You can also enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in the paid area if you purchase a castle entrance ticket. In particular, the Nishi-no-maru Garden is a popular viewing spot where you can enjoy the most beautiful ratio of cherry blossoms and Himeji Castle.

Many of the photos of Himeji Castle featured in tourist magazines and other publications are taken in the Nishi-no-maru Garden, which is one of the best spots to view cherry blossoms and Himeji Castle in the most beautiful ratio.

・When can we see the cherry blossoms of Himeji Castle?

Cherry blossoms in Himeji usually bloom in late March, are in half bloom 3 to 4 days later, and are in full bloom 5 to 6 days after blooming. We recommend that you check the blooming forecast issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency every year well in advance before you go.

In 2024, the blooming forecast for Himeji Castle is Sunday, March 24, the full bloom is Tuesday, April 2, and the cherry blizzard is Sunday, April 7.

Flowering forecast March 24
Estimated full bloom April 2
Cherry Blizzard Forecast April 7

*From Weather News

・Spring Events at Himeji Castle in 2024

Cherry blossoms viewing in the soft spring sunlight is wonderful, but at night, the “night cherry blossoms” have a different flavor from daytime viewing. Every year, Himeji Castle holds the “Himeji Castle Night Cherry Blossom Festival,” an event in which the cherry blossoms are lit up at night.

The collaboration of fantastic cherry blossoms, Himeji Castle, images, and music, including projection mapping on the white walls of Himeji Castle and street piano performances, is well worth seeing.

Schedule March 29 (Friday) to April 7 (Sunday), 2024
Hours 18:30 – 21:00 (last entry at 20:30)
Admission Fee Adults 600 yen / Elementary to high school students 200 yen / Preschool children free

*Pay the ticket fee at the entrance of Himeji Castle on the day of entry.
*For details, we recommend checking the official website.

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・Types of cherry trees that can be seen around Himeji Castle

It is said that there are more than 100 varieties of cherry trees growing wild in Japan, including varieties of cherry trees.

Around Himeji Castle, you can see various types of cherry trees such as Someiyoshino, Yama-zakura, Shidare-zakura, Yae-zakura, and Jugatsu-zakura. Someiyoshino cherry trees are particularly abundant in the area, and the sight of their pale red buds turning white as they continue to bloom is a sight to behold.

The cherry blossoms against the backdrop of Himeji Castle are photogenic and very popular with Japanese and foreign tourists alike.

・Points to keep in mind when viewing cherry blossoms at Himeji Castle

There are several points below to keep in mind when viewing cherry blossoms in and around Himeji Castle. We have compiled a list of them to keep in mind. Please observe good manners and enjoy hanami in a pleasant atmosphere.

・Smoking is prohibited in the designated smoking areas.
・There are no trash cans, so please take your trash with you.
・No monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, etc. are allowed depending on how crowded the area is.
・No eating or drinking inside the castle. Please eat your boxed lunch at San-no-maru Hiroba or on the hill on the west side of San-no-maru Hiroba.
・Drones are prohibited over Himeji Castle and in the vicinity of Himeji Castle.

The cherry blossoms and Himeji Castle, a World Cultural Heritage and National Treasure, can be enjoyed together for only two weeks or less during the year. 2 weeks is said to be one of the reasons why Japanese people are attracted to cherry blossoms, because of their fleeting life.

During this precious time of the year, you should definitely visit Himeji Castle, where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms both during the day and at night. The contrast between the beautiful white Himeji Castle and the cherry blossoms is a sight to behold.



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 Mar 20, 2024. It may differ from the latest information.