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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Built in the beginning of the 17th century when Japan's unique castle...

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.

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Gorgeous enough to bring a tear to your eye

As you leave the station, you cannot miss Himeji Castle, perched on the hill like, as many say, a white egret. That sight alone is worth the trip. The grounds and exterior of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As you leave the station, you cannot miss Himeji Castle, perched on the hill like, as many say, a white egret. That sight alone is worth the trip. The grounds and exterior of the castle amidst cherry blossom are gorgeous... which is doubtless why so many tourists were here from all over Japan. It was very busy! We were among... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrived in HK, and a friend rang me..did I want to go on a surprise trip toJapan with a coupla other mates? An affirmative answer saw me and ? & 3 others take off to Japan First day.. Himeji Castle.. a b...y long walk after a train ride! But a lot of walking through the guard house, and then thru... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Japanese castles have long been mysterious and well-loved by both tourists and locals alike and Himeji is generally at the top of the list of castles, with good reason. Getting there from the station is not too difficult and the entrance to the grounds is ready to negotiate: the grounds are huge and there is a ton of space for... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Himeji castle is one of the most important castle in Japan history and of course this is one of must visit castle in Japan nowadays. Very big and beautiful restore. Can spend a lot of time in here if you want.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. The castle is very big and has a lot of things to see. Unfortunately, there are not enough exhibition inside the castle, but some inside Hyakken Roka Long Corridor at West Bailey. Also, free English speaking guide is available at the admission gate based on first come first served basis. Well, thank you... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The newly renovated castle was beautiful to photograph and enjoy. But don't expect too much when going inside the main keep. It's dark and there isn't much to actually see. In my opinion, not worth take your shoes off for. Other people might say differently.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi SandyTM, Thank you for posting your review. I apologize for the lack of information to tell you the details. Our special English speaking tour guides compensate it but it is no enough. Your opinion is also important for us to improve things how we satisfy our customers. Again, I really appreciate you posted your review. Well, thank you very... More 

Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in Japanese history and the feudal systems of Japan since the 14th century..it can be traced back here.Construction began in 1333 and developed from there into the magnificent structure we can see and visit today. Fortunately during WW2 a bomb that lodged in the castle didn't explode and earlier decisions by the government to destroy castles... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi geebee01, Thank you very much for posting your review. I'm really happy that you really enjoyed the castle and garden. I'm sorry to let you take your shoes off inside the keep or corridors, but really appreciate your generous understanding of the preserving our wooden treasure to hand to the future generation. Well, thank you again for your visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a couple castles in Japan and have always found them utterly breathtaking and magnificent. But Himeji castle, simply viewing from the JR station alone, beat them all. I could tell you all about Himeji with its brilliant architecture, colorful history, and cunning strategy but I tell you that it all wouldn't have been possible without the best... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Kevin, Thank you for posting your heartfelt message. I'm really happy to hear that you really enjoyed the castle with our special English speaking history teacher ever, and I will find out Mitsuko Matsumura and let her know your warm message. I promise. Well, thank you again for your visit to Himeji, and hope to see you again soon... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was amazed with the history behind the castle... Best Sakura experience, definitely looking forward fir my next visit.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to Himeji. Sakura season varies year by year, so please check Sakura forecast news usually starting from early March. Thank you again, and hope to see you soon :-) More 

Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first ancient castle I've ever visited in Japan, and I was lucky to have a history buff to guide me through the area and explained the details of the castle all the way we were there. The castle just finished restoration recently, so we could finish browsing the whole building without missing the top floor temple which... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Marie C, Thank you very much for posting your review. I'm sorry that you missed cherry blossoms. However, did you find that there are a couple of cherry trees in front of Ho-Gate? Usually cherry blossoms are in full bloom in early April, but this ones are on winter season and lasts a couple of months, so we call... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The himeji castle is the place you must visit when you travel to Kansai. It's also name as a castle of white egret like the white color of its appearance. It only spend 30 minutes to himeji station from shin-osaka station with the bullet trains, which is free if hold a wide kansai jr pass. However, it's need to take... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Chun Tun L, Thank you very much for posting your review. We, Himeji citizens, are proud of our treasure and so much pleased to hear that you say so. Our castle is easy to access from everywhere in Japan, for example 45min. from Kyoto, 1hr from Hiroshima, 3.5 hours from Tokyo when you have a JR some kind of... More 

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