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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 today

The castle is quite magnificent and swell worth a visit .You tango inside and climb though several floors to get a great view.Those with mobility issues would find it near impossible however to navigate the stairs. inside there are no exhibits just bare rooms which...More

Thank Farrercove
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you're wondering whether you need to go inside... No you dont 😊 Sure, it's nice if you're very mobile and have free time but if you're concerned about the steep steps and long queues - the main attraction is viewing it from the outside....More

Thank treebenfoot
Reviewed 3 days ago

we did this as a day trip from Kyoto - only 25 minutes on the train. Very easy to get to , a reasonable walk and visible from the Station in Himeji, straight up the main road. Wow what a place to visit, there is...More

Thank Malcolm A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Himeji Castle is good to visit. You can visit as a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. I did it as a stop on my way to Miyajima. Also visit the gardens. By a combine castele garden ticket at the castle.

3  Thank cherylfwoodward
Reviewed 5 days ago

My Japanese friend was my guide and I thoroughly enjoyed coming to Himeji. It's only 40 minutes from Kobe by train. When you exit the station you can see the castle in the distance. Himeji city had a clean, spacious feeling to it. I enjoyed...More

Thank davegras
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Castle is very nice. There is not much on the inside. But the castle and the area around the castle are amazing. After you walk to the top of the castle you can walk inside of the wall, where there is a museum. I...More

Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive castle built very nice up a hill with a Japanese garden surrounding it. You can get into the castle all to the top floor, however you have to be able to climb stairs and have some patience because it is probably busy. You can...More

Thank Frank v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I decided to visit the Himeji castle on my way to Hiroshima. You can see the castle from the train station and the walk there takes only about 15 min. The structure is beautiful to look at, but the interior is a bit boring as...More

Thank Iva Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is stunning and dominates the town of Himeji. Great to sit in the park and admire but not really worth the charge to go inside. All the rooms inside have been cleared out so all you really do is walk to the top...More

Thank Luke S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice castle especially from the outside. The inside is not really decorated so a bit boring. You have a app that should show more but it's not downloadable for us.

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25 September 2018|
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Response from T8875VUmarks | Reviewed this property |
Depends what time you are there to get in really I was there exactly on opening time also Saturday morning and I didn’t Q but later when I was going out about 2 hours the tours were arriving so my suggestion get there early... More
16 September 2018|
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Response from _G2061BK | Reviewed this property |
You can see moats and outer baileys of the castle at any time, but gates close at 5 pm.
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30 July 2018|
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Response from Duperman | Reviewed this property |
All necessary advice has already been dished. Allow me to share one more - travel light to Himeji. There is a need to take off your shoes & climb several flights of steps - so make sure you arrived prepared for the task.