is a city
located in Hyōgo Prefecture
in the Kansai
region of Japan
. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population
of 535,571. The total area is 533 km².
Himeji was municipalized on April 1, 1889. Himeji is also called "the kingdom of Shinkin bank", as the headquarters of four Shinkin banks are located here. After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the Japanese government reportedly considered moving the nation's capital from Tokyo to Himeji.
On March 27, 2006, the town of Yasutomi from Shisō District, the town of Kōdera from Kanzaki District, and the towns of Ieshima and Yumesaki from Shikama District merged into Himeji.
Points of interest
Originally a castle town, Himeji is home to the Himeji Castle
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. Other attractions include the Engyō-ji temple
, Mount Seppiko-san
, Himeji Central Park
(a safari park
), the Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden
and the Koko-en Garden
Himeji has sister city relationships with six international sister cities and two domestic cities, as well as a sister castle located in France
- Charleroi, Belgium
- Phoenix, United States
- Adelaide, Australia
- Curitiba, Brazil
- Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
- Masan, South KoreaDomestic
- Matsumoto, in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
- Tottori, capital city in the Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Famous people from Himeji