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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First time there about 3 years ago, when still under restoration. Now came back when the castle was in its full glory, I can appreciate the effort it took to restore the castle, even from the photograph of the restoration process, and being there during...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were unfortunate enough to visit here on a day where it rained non stop. The walk from the station at Himeji was slow but it was nice to go on one of the shinkansen trains again. The castle grounds are beautifully tended with sculpted...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've wanted to visit Himeji castle since I saw It in a text book back in high school. There are busses that run to the castle grounds, but it was a 10 minute walk from Himeji station which is quite flat. The surrounding grounds are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Himeji Castle was one of the highlights from group's trip. The sheer size is impressive along with the craftsmanship and history behind it. It is truly an impressive sight and well worth the train ride to visit. The castle itself is not accessible for people...More

Thank Ian A
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Himeji is a must visit grand masterpiece of Japanese castle that is original. We chose to walk from the train station, passed many shops and restaurants and it was quite a relaxing walk.The castle has a zoo next to it, apparently very popular. We bought...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is full of history , beautiful building and it is Unesico World Heritage-listed.This castle is on the hill side so it is not catering for wheelchair access. The castlle itself has narrow wooden stair from ground floor to the top so it is not...More

1  Thank 685chin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the castle during cherry blossom full bloom. Brilliant scenery and backdrop surrounded by Sakura! Amazing. From the station just take the Main Street down to the castle you can’t miss it! The park is so grand and large you can definitely find a place...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to this castle was so amazing as I was able to catch up to a tour that took us inside the castle and explained some history. It is within walking distance from Himeji Castle but there are also many taxis and direct buses...More

2  Thank Mohammed1412
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Himeji Castle is the largest castle in Japan located in Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture. It is a hill top castle complex with a bright white exterior. It is a fine example of Japanese castle architecture. The castle is at a walking distance of about 1...More

3  Thank Joy_Sinha
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Himeji castle is a very interesting place to visit. But I want to leave this review mainly to thank and compliment hashimoto san for the wonderful tour he gave us. Extremely informative, funny, he spent almost 3 hours with us. We were very touched and...More

2  Thank 21Wanderers06
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Cees123
28 April 2018|
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Response from S G C | Reviewed this property |
I think the last entrance is 4pm which gives you an hour in the castle, I would certainly go towards the end of the day to avoid the crowds but perhaps give yourself more than an hour. I think its closing times are seasonal... More
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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 Barguest D | Reviewed this property |
I visited solo from Kyoto, however be sure to book your shinkansen tickets as I got as far as Shin Kobe and had to wait 2 hours to get to Himeji. Himeji station is about 10 or 15 minutes walk to the castle grounds. It's... More
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