Himeji Castle is regarded as the finest surviving Japanese castle, consisting of 83 buildings from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jo or Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle or White Heron Castle).
The castle dates back to 1333 and is now a UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage site. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan. For Kansai visitors, Himeji Castle should be one of the must-go destinations.
Himeji Tourist Pass is the best value travel ticket to Himeji Castle. The tourist pass can only be bought at Kansai Tourist Information Center at Kansai airport for 2000 Yen. The pass consists of 2 tickets: a one-way ticket from Kansai airport to Namba-Osaka and a day-pass between Namba-Osaka and Himeji on Hanshin and Sanyo trains. The pass holders also receive special discount for tickets to attractions, like Himeji Castle.
It takes about 15 minute walk from Himeji train station. You can also take the local bus to the castle for 100 Yen. It should be at least 3-4 hours to go around the castle and see its beauty and magnificence.