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Himeji Castle

68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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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
+81 79-285-1146
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lots of people, but no queing this time of year. Stunning woodwork. Take your time and you can get photos without other people. Worth visiting the gardens for the small extra fee.

Thank kanowskis
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visit this amazing castle if you stay in Osaka or Kyoto, only 1 hour from Shin Osaka station and you can have a great experience to see the largest Feudal Castle in Japan. Strongly recommend you to check their website to check the congestion and...More

Thank Foodismrhapshody
Reviewed 4 days ago

the most beautiful castle in Japan and also biggest castle. Easy to travel from osaka by Shinkansen and Local Train take about 1-2hours. The castle fee take 500-700yen per person and take time around 3-4hours including Garden site.

Thank Chayakorn L
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is Tiger Tanaka's Ninja Training School from You Only Live Twice - a classic James Bond film from the 1960's. For any Bond fan, this is a must visit! An inexpensive admission ticket allows you to walk the grounds and tour the castle.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great castle for a visit. We were really impressed by the construction and all castle surroundings. Really amazing that such a structure could be built when it was! I highly recommend to take your time and engage with the high school kids...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s undeniably a beauty to behold. Once you’ve seen this beauty, you can give the likes of Nagoya castle or Osaka Castle a miss. Castle ground is on a gentle hill of sorts, not stroller friendly. Be warned that it can be slippery when it...More

Thank MeganLLP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there as main attraction in himeji, and it's really one of the most beautiful castles i have been. It's very clean and they take care of it since decades, great maintenance all over the site. try to avoid the big hordes of other...More

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Himeji in cherry blossom season. Unfortunately, it was also very, very wet! The castle itself is beautiful to look at, and is very well preserved. However, inside it was just a bit plain and boring! There wasn't much to see or read....More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went out-of-the-way to Himeji just to visit this famous landmark (and UNESCO World Heritage Site). It was totally worth it. The castle itself and the park surrounding it are beautiful and definitive of what Japanese castles look like.

Thank Asperger_Singapore
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a destination with likely travel on bullet train from Osaka. Expect to spend a good half day, have lunch at a good restaurant and return perhaps thru KOBE if you want to sample the Kobe beef. The castle goes back hundreds of years...More

Thank 6sandy6
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15 October 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi Aw Tan, This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. As other people posted, the castle is open on 1/1. However, in addition to tourists, lots of local people will visit the castle, so because it's... More
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11 October 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. I answered almost the same question before, and I copy and post it :-) There are 48 lockers adjacent to Himeji City Tourist Information Center with the size of... More
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Robin D
30 August 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi Robin D, This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. The castle as well as Kokoen Japanese Garden is closed on 12/29 and 12/30. Otherwise, it is open from 9 am to 5 pm (admission gate is closed at 4... More
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