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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...more
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Reviewed 2 days ago

this white castle has an imposing location as soon as you step out of the station. We did the tour ourselves and moved along at a good pace. there are many steps to climb as you move up through the floors of the Keep and...More

Thank swexplorers2018
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the most interesting castles I've seen in Japan. A lot of interesting information throughout the castle and various areas.

Thank HelloJapan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Located on Himeji is this historical landscape. The conservation is impecable and has a lot of history. A must if you are around the Kobe area. Not recommended for persons with bad health since you have to climb a lot of stairs to get to...More

Thank Juan M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Himeji Castle is beautiful and well maintained in what is essentially its original condition. Although there is not a lot to see inside the castle, it is well worth the time to visit.

Thank Rod C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It is a large castle with a moth and walls protecting it. Well restaurated. Great pictures to be taken and interesting history behind this castle. Prepare to walk many steps in a warmth and humid close area if you want to claim to the top....More

Thank Cuso1960
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was planned by our travel agent and well worth the day trip on the train to get there. More gorgeous grounds and the castle is so well preserved. Get there early so you don't have to wait in long lines.

Thank Sus C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji Castle is a majestic and picturesque structure and definitely worth visiting if in Himeji. I had the privilege visiting as a guest of the City of Himeji and was treated to an outstanding guided tour. Our guide was enthusiastic, passionate and so willing to...More

1  Thank DMac_Adelaide
Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji Castle is Japan's greatest castle, and following its long renovation, is now in superb condition. But don't expect suits of armour or even furniture, once inside all you see are blank rooms, which become increasingly smaller as you work your way to the top....More

2  Thank LucyKate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared to plan your journey as you visit Himeiji. Itineraries with castles – are no mean feat, as it means (i) significant traveling (train) time to Himeiji, (ii) significant walking time from the station to the castle, (iii) significant climbing time as castles are...More

Thank Duperman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a hectic itinerary that started in Kyushu and all the way to the northern tip of Honshu iso visiting just a castle in between took me sometime to decide. I was glad I did. Traveling between Hiroshima and Kobe, I decided to take...More

2  Thank Rito I A
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Sharon G
21 July 2018|
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Response from jjdmcook | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t tip them anything, they are free guides and don’t expect a tip. Gushing over their wonderful English (Even if it’s not. It’s probably better than your Japanese) and thanking them for a great tour is plenty. Just... More
Sharon G
20 July 2018|
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Response from Live_Life_Each_Day | Reviewed this property |
You should allow about 2-3 hours, during busy times maybe even a bit longer if you want to really enjoy all the castle has to offer. There are also free local guides by the enterance offering to show you the castle and... More
18 July 2018|
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Response from Live_Life_Each_Day | Reviewed this property |
There are free local guides by the enterance to the castle (ticket booth). Numbers are limited. We got a very nice lady who took us around and explained history and different parts of the castle for over 2 hours.