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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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No wonder, it's a world famous castle!

It has been registered as one of the UNESCO world heritage site. The construction started back in 1300's but the current castle was rebuild back in 1700. It's well preserved and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It has been registered as one of the UNESCO world heritage site. The construction started back in 1300's but the current castle was rebuild back in 1700. It's well preserved and a lot to see inside as well as the outside of the castle.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Himeji Castle is a beautiful place located on top of a hill overlooking the city of Himeji. This is a huge Castle with a nice walk to the top. It is amazing to see how solid and how well constructed this Castle is. You will be able to go to the highest floor of the castle by going up through... More 

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

Hi 284caroline, Thank you very much for your review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our treasure. Did you enjoy Kokoen Japanese Garden adjacent to the castle? You will be able to enjoy the garden with colorful carp and flowers especially in Spring or early summer, and autumn foliage in fall. When you have a chance to come and... More 

Tainan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great days trip visiting the splendid Himeji castle. We were hoping for an English guide, however there were none available the day we visited. Shame we were really looking forward to a guide, still wondering around the castle ground was still very pleasant. I highly recommend visiting Himeji castle.

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

Hi Frankspank, Thank you very much for your review. I'm sorry to hear that you cannot meet any English speaking guide on your visit. There are no so many, so sometimes tourists miss it. I hope you will meet the one or you can ask himejitourkashinoki (at) gmail (period) com if you have a chance to call again. However, I'm... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I'm very happy to hear that you visited us in the most beautiful season throughout the year, and 1000 Sakura trees might welcome you with full bloom :-) However, it is busiest season too though, but I believe it's worth the trip then even though a long queue. One thing you surprise me... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our treasure, Himeji Castle on your surprise trip :-) It has been remaining original since constructed for 400 years. I apologize for you to let you encounter some difficulties like bare foot walking, steep stairs, narrow gates and so on, but I deeply appreciate your warm understanding for the preservation of the sites in order to... More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank you very much for your reply. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the castle. When you have a chance to come, please be kindly advised to try our free English speaking tour guide to explore more details about the castle, and visit Kokoen Japanese Garden adjacent to the castle. Early April is recommended for Sakura cherry blossoms,... More 

Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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