Experience present-day Himeji on
the way to the castle.
This gate is the biggest of all the gates in Himeji Castle
and a beautiful example of a Momoyama Era (1568-1600) structure.
You will see different kinds of defensive
devices at each gate. Understand the obstacles to deter
attacks on the castle.
You will walk through the Hyakken-Rohka (Long
Corridor Building) that can be used as a warehouse or a fortress
in case of war. However, it is said that many court ladies
and their maids lived there.
This tower and the Hyakken-Rohka (Long
Corridor Building) was built with the dowry of Princess
Sen who was a granddaughter of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first
Shogun in the Edo Era. You will learn about Princess Sen’s
Gate) and Ni-no-mon (Ni Gate)
The pathways you use forms a zigzag maze. The course is two
and a half times as long as the direct distance (130 meters)
between Diamond Gate and the Main Tower. You will see other
defensive devices along the way.
(Old Widow’s Stone)
The most essential materials in building the castle are stones
and wood. You will see a hand mill and a coffin used in the
construction of the wall.
This is where the residence of Lord Ikeda (the first lord
of the current castle structure) was located. You will hear
the story of Genbei Sakurai, the master carpenter of the
of the Main Tower
You will see the kitchen and other facilities to be used
in case of war. Also, the lower part of two main pillars,
which sustain this 5000-ton building, can be seen.
Floor of the Main
You will be at 92 meter above sea level. You can see how
big the castle is and you can imagine how complex it
was to build it in 8 years. There is a legend about Musashi
Miyamoto, a great samurai, who killed a monster that lived
on this floor.
The wooden floor appears to be a place
to commit suicide, and the well in the yard would be
used to wash the severed head.
Okiku-ido (Okiku Well)
This well is famous for the legend of Banshu Sara Yashiki.
It is said that a sad voice counting dishes can be heard
from the well’s depths.
Interactive Movie Links:
Castle (Yasuhiro Fujimoto)
Heritage - Himeji Castle (STUDIO LOOPS)