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Himeji Castle
姫路城
Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan
Himeji Castle The Keep Towers
Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle in May 2015 after the five-year renovation of the roof and walls
Type Azuchi-Momoyama castle
Coordinates 34°50′22″N 134°41′38″E / 34.83944°N 134.69389°E / 34.83944; 134.69389Coordinates: 34°50′22″N 134°41′38″E / 34.83944°N 134.69389°E / 34.83944; 134.69389
Built * 1333, 1300 (Himeyama fort/castle)
  • 1581 (expansion)
  • 1601–1609 (expansion)
  • 1617–1618 (expansion)
Built by * Akamatsu Norimura (1333–1346)
Construction
materials
Wood, stone, plaster, tile
Height 46.4 m (152 ft)
In use 1333–1868-1945(as military camp)
Demolished * 1346 (demolished for reconstruction)
  • 1601–1609 (demolished for reconstruction)
Current
condition
Intact, restoration work for preservation recently completed
Garrison * ~500 (Ikeda family, soldiers)
  • ~4,000 (Honda family, soldiers)
  • ~3,000 (Sakakibara family, soldiers)
  • ~2,200 (Sakai family, soldiers)

Himeji Castle (姫路城) is a Japanese castle which is in Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture. It includes 83 buildings made of wood. It is sometimes known as Hakurojō or Shirasagijō ("White Heron Castle") because of its brilliant white exterior.

It is a Japanese National Cultural Treasure. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, it is one of Japan's "Three Famous Castles", and is the most visited castle in Japan.

Several movies have been filmed at the castle, like Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha and Ran; The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise; and the Shogun 1980 TV-miniseries/movie starring Richard Chamberlain.

In 2009, Himeiji Castle was recognized as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan which best show contemporary Japan and its culture in the Heisei period.

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