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Himeji Castle

68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto
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Built in the beginning of the 17th century when Japan's unique castle architectural techniques had reached their peak, Himeji Castle was the first in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage in 1993 as well as designated as a National Treasure in 1951. It is called "Hakuro-jo" (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a white heron taking flight. Q1. Can I use a credit card? A1. Yes, you can. We accept major credit cards like VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners and JCB. Q2. Do you have a coin operated locker? A2. Yes we do, but the number and kind of them are limited, so you had better use the ones in Himeji station. The biggest size is 1135H x 350W x 640D(mm). Q3. When is peak season? A3. Our peak is usually around late March to early April for cherry blossoms, late April to early May for Japanese Holiday Season so called 'Golden Week', and October and November for travel season for Japanese. Q4. When do I have to arrive to avoid congestion? A4. 15 to 30 minutes prior to opening time (9am (8am-8:30am for peak season)). Q5. How long does it take to walk around the castle? A5. Normally, it takes at least 90 minutes to explore the castle, but you can try to go up and down with no stop in 45 minutes.
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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"steep stairs"
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"under renovation"
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"top floor"
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"train station"
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"remove your shoes"
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"cherry blossoms"
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"main building"
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"national treasure"
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"jr pass"
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

We took the train from Osaka and found this to be an outstanding visit. The majority of the castle is original from the 1600's. After paying our admission, a local woman approached us for a free English tour. Her enthusiasm and knowledge helped make the...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is definitely worth making a special journey to see. We broke our rail journey for four hours between Kyoto and Hiroshima. Arriving at 1.00pm leaving luggage in the plentiful coin lockers at the station. It was busy, but no queues even though it was...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This is an absolutely stunning castle. It was amazing to get to walk through the inside and up to the top. We also visited the gardens which were very beautiful and is definitely worth the small extra cost to your entry ticket. Definitely recommend that...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2016

We arrived on a public holiday and the volume of people here was overwhelming. So we didn't go into the castle itself but it looked magnificent from the grounds outside

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We visited himeji castle as a day trip from Kyoto. Actually more like half day trip. Luckily we found an offer for a free English guided tour. It was an excellent tour. Helped us get much more out of our visit. And also our guide...More

4  Thank SGVM
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The castle itself is glorious but make sure you walk around the town as well. Himeji is beautiful and so peaceful. Walking around it is so relaxing.

Thank Onyib
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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Hemeji Castle looks very elegant thanks to its beautiful shape and unique color. We came here from Osaka to see it in Sakura, which was absolutely stunning.

1  Thank Sheila L
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We took the JR line to Himeji (as it was cheaper than the shinkansen) from Osaka and were very glad we did as this was one of our favourite sites on our Japan trip. After seeing so many temples the castle was a huge point...More

2  Thank SamBell83
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Himeji castle towers over the town of Himeji as you exit the railway station. This is an impressive castle indeed, probably more so from the outside than the inside to be honest. It is best visited on a weekday, and early, as it is popular...More

1  Thank davepat77
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

What a great way to spend the afternoon, exploring the castle grounds then taking a tour up through the castle itself. Lots of history to read and see and the sights from the top are amazing!!

Thank Stacy R
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cwalts
25 March 2018|
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Response from Sameosht | Reviewed this property |
Somewhere between 150-300 steps is my guess
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st_016
2 March 2018|
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Response from Mishy1980 | Reviewed this property |
The JR Rail pass can take you to Himeji itself, the castle is walking distance from the station. Did not do a tour around the castle, just did this at my own leisure. Osaka is worth a visit as well if you can manage it, you... More
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Yong K
9 February 2018|
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Response from Sameosht | Reviewed this property |
It’s worth the 1000 yen to see the inner castle area. Fantastic views and cool artifacts to see outside the “Main Keep” which has all the stairs.
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