Himeji is home to one of the three grand castles of Japan, the other two being Matsumoto and Kumamoto. Himeji Castle is known as the "white heron" because of its bright white color in contrast to the other two major castles.

The complex is made up of 83 buildings, with winding, mazy paths that often led to dead ends to defend against intruders and enemies. It was recently restored and cleaned in March 2015, so make sure to visit to see its bright white exterior and rooftops. Its a sight you can't miss. As the train enters the city, the castle sits tall above its surrounding landscape.

After visiting the castle, you can take a walk through the neighboring garden, Kokoen (好古園).