Himeji Castle (Hyogo)

Himeji Castle (Hyogo Pref.)★★★★★ Late March – early April Beautiful contrast between 1,000 cherry trees and the castle

Himeji Castle



Basic information

Please note that the information and photos provided here might be outdated, so always confirm before your visit.

Address 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0012, Japan
Access 20-minutes walk from JR Himeji Station
Phone TEL 0167 39 3939
Website Japanese Website
English Website
French Website
Chinese Website (simplified)
Chinese website (Traditional)
Korean Website
Recommended flowers Cherry blossoms: Late March – early April
Highlights Himeji Castle is one of the most popular castles. The large white keep is very beautiful. There are about 1,000 cherry trees in Himeji Castle. The contrast between the castle and the cherry blossoms is wonderful. Every spring, many tourists enjoy the cherry blossoms with the castle in the background.


Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle

Guide to Enjoyment

Himeji Castle, often referred to as the “White Heron Castle” due to its brilliant white exterior, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Japan’s architectural heritage. Located in Hyogo Prefecture, the castle is surrounded by cherry trees, making it an iconic destination for sakura viewing. Every spring, the pristine white walls of the castle juxtaposed against the vibrant pink blossoms create a breathtaking spectacle, drawing countless visitors.

Introduction to Himeji Castle

With origins dating back to the 14th century, Himeji Castle is one of the finest surviving examples of classic Japanese castle architecture. The complex consists of 83 buildings and advanced defensive systems, all of which are remarkably preserved.

Sakura Splendor at Himeji Castle

During the cherry blossom season, the castle’s surroundings come alive with color, providing a stunning contrast to the castle’s white walls.

Cherry Blossom Highlights

Nishi-no-Maru Garden

– This western bailey known for its hundreds of cherry trees is a popular spot for hanami (flower viewing) picnics.

Castle Illuminations

– In the evenings, the castle and its blossoms are illuminated, offering a magical view that’s not to be missed.

Visitor’s Guide

Reaching Himeji Castle

The castle is a short walk from Himeji Station, making it easily accessible by train from major cities like Osaka and Kyoto.

Exploring the Castle Grounds

Visitors can explore the maze-like pathways, towers, and walls of the castle, all while enjoying panoramic views of Himeji city and the cherry blossoms below.

Nearby Attractions

Koko-en Garden

– Located adjacent to the castle, this garden is a recreation of an Edo-period samurai residence, offering nine distinct gardens to explore.

Mount Shosha

– A short distance from the castle, this mountain is home to Engyo-ji Temple and offers hiking trails with scenic views.


  1. Hirosaki Castle (Aomori)

    Hirosaki Castle (Aomori Pref.)★★★★★ Late April – early May Japan’s best cherry blossom viewing spot. Light-up viewing is also a must-see!

  2. Hamanako Garden Park (Shizuoka Pref.)★★★☆☆ 300,000 nemophila blooms on the shore of Lake Hamana

  3. Maruyama Park (Kyoto City) ★★★★☆ Late March to early April Cherry blossoms are a popular spot for “Hanami”!

  4. Miharu Takizakura (Fukushima Pref.)★★★★★ Mid-April The highest peak of cherry blossoms in Japan that you should see at least once A famous tree over 1,000 years old

  5. Nasu Flower World (Tochigi Pref.)★★★★★ Late April – Late May 250,000 tulips!

  6. Kema Sakuranomiya Park (Osaka City)★★★★☆ Late March – early April Popular “Hanami” spot for cherry blossom viewing in Osaka

  7. Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki)

    National Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki Pref.) Famous for its nemophilas! One of the largest flower parks in Japan

  8. Tonami Tulip Park (Toyama Pref.)★★★★☆ Late April – early May 3 million tulips! Don’t miss the waterwheel!

  9. Kikuchi Park (Kumamoto Pref.)★★★☆☆ Late March to early April: famous for its cherry blossoms! Kikuchi Valley is also recommended!