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Review of Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
Ranked #2 of 412 things to do in Himeji
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 6 June 2014

This is the nicest castle I visited in Japan, especially it is beautiful during cherry blossom in the spring.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

the entire main keep is undergoing renovation and there is only a small part of the grounds that you are able to go in now. the part they opened specially to show you the renovations is also closed now. I would not visit here until the renovations are complete as it is a waste of time. you only really see a couple of outbuildings and that's it and they still charge too much money for this! If you are in the area i would visit the gardens though as they are beautiful.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The tower is still under maintenance and it won't be reopened until 2015. Nevertheless, the site is still pretty overwhelming. Stay tune!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We were staying in Kobe and decided on our way back to Tokyo to visit Himeji Castle

We knew that it was being repaired (finished 2015) and were lucky that a lot of the scaffolding has been removed so you get quite a good view from a distance, but be warned that you cannot go in the castle itself (May 2014) and only have access to a limited amount of the surrounding grounds plus another building where the women lived which has a number of displays

What is very worthwhile seeing is the Kōkoen Garden which is around the corner from the castle - absolutely beautiful ! (you need to come out of the cast entrance to the road, turn right and you will find it - not well signposted)

So don't make a special trip until 2015 to see the castle - you will be disappointed

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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We are using the JR Pass to tour Japan. Himeji is a quick 30 min hop from our hotel at Shin Osaka Station. This is the largest fortified castle I have seen in Japan. It was a pleasant stroll from the Station passing thru the quaint town of Himeji towards the Castle. We paid 400 Yen each and was assigned a private English speaking tour guide just for my wife and I for our 2 hour tour. At the end of the tour I basically knew the entire history of Japan. Best deal ever.
We visited late May 2014. We still could not enter the main keep and tower. But much of the scafolding has been removed. Very soon visitors will see the entire glory of this castle.
Speaking of visitors, we visited on a Saturday. I expected a crowd. Surprisingly the place was practically devoid of tourist. I guess it would cost considerably more if you didn't have a Japan Rail Pass. I must return when its fully restored.

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