World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Himeji-jo

Inscribed: 1993

Components

Main data

Name of Property
Himeji-jo
Components
Himeji-jo
Place
Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture
Tentative List Submission
Tentative List Submission: 1992
Nommination
Nommination: Oct/1992
Inscribed
Inscribed: Dec/1993
Criteria
(ⅰ)(ⅳ)
Municipality
Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education
Municipality Website
https://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/castle/
(Himeji City)
UNESCO Website
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/661
Photo
Himeji City Board of Education

Related Resources

Explanation

Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.