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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 yesterday

We had a wonderful day tour to Himeji Castle. The grounds are beautifully kept, the castle is easy to get around and wow - it is gorgeous! There are many stairs in the castle, which are easy to climb, though if you have trouble walking,...More

Thank Looly1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Himeji castle is one of the most beautiful and huge castle in Japan. You can see from the main Himeji station. Walking from the station is a good way to enjoy the visit. It takes about 10-15 mins. In the castle you have to carry...More

Thank 539kitisakt
Reviewed 4 days ago

Definitely one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. The castle is known as Shirasagi castle (White Heron Castle) because of its beautiful white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. Just straight walk up north from the north exit of JR Himeji...More

Thank 3millionmiletraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You have to download the Augmented Reality (AR) app since it adds a lot of fun to my visit!!! You will need to change your region to Japan before you can download and install it from app store if you are using an iPhone.

Thank Tonyipst
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short walk from the train station is this world heritage listed castle. Going in the inter meant no crowds and so plenty of time to view all levels (instead of being herded about as we were last time visiting)

Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is definitely on the to-see-list. It is one of the rare castles that are original and was not just rebuilt after the 2nd world war. The other original castles (e.g. Matsumoto, Kochi, Inuyama) are farther away, so Himeji is the perfect one to...More

Thank Mirjana M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely castle with lots of history. Explanations about the castle structure and the defence mechanisms are very interesting. Castle has six storeys and very steep steps. If you have weak knees, be careful when climbing steps in the castle. Castle grounds are steep too so...More

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Himeji Castle is located within 1km from Himeji JR Station. We saw it emerge it as we set foot down from escalator. Amazing autumn colours as we walk towards the Castle via the main road. There are rickshaws to carry visitors around the Castle.

Thank Akmar A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to many Japanese castles, this is the one not to miss! Most others are reconstructions in concrete and the interior is not at all like the real deal. Going to Himeji castle will show you what incredible builders the craftsmen were - The...More

Thank IscaScanlon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had planned for only 1 hour for the whole ground but took 2.5 hours instead. The place was stunningly beautiful. Tip: Do spend the extra 40 yen for the Koko-en Garden. If you thought Himeji Castle was beautiful, wait till you see the garden!

Thank Aleksandr A
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20 December 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi tavishun, This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. Thank you very much for your interest in Himeji Castle. As you already knew, 1/1 is very much crowded because it's admission free day in addition... More
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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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