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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
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"steep stairs"
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"under renovation"
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"top floor"
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"train station"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Among the most formidable fortresses in the world, this beautiful castle stands as a monument to Japanese history. The iconic structure is one the "must visit" places in Japan; hopefully, you can do so on a day that the place is not overwhelmed by too...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The building and area is beautiful and a sight to behold. The interior is quite bare, but gives you a really good feel for the space and construction, which I appreciated over the busy nature of the interior of something like Osaka Castle. Do be...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited during peak Sakura season, so Himeji-jo was a little crowded but not at all impossible to enjoy. It is likely that you'll take dozens of pictures of Himeji-jo before you even enter the castle grounds - it is just that beautiful here. Once...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Definitely a beautiful place to visit. The castle is pretty amazing both inside and out. The gardens were quite beautiful too. We paid extra to get into the private gardens and it was lovely. Also took a boat ride around the moat which was nice.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have visited the Himeji Castle on 6th April and it was heavy rain throughout the day. There was much less tourists going to the spot and we just tour around and took a few photos prior to leave for other areas. Sakura was over...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ok so here's the thing.. I love castles.. I mean, how can anyone not love these old creaky things that tens of thousands of people have stepped upon before us? Anyway! Himeji Castle is a real piece of art.. From the moment you arrive at...More

Thank 887amandaa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Everything outside the Castle was great to look at. We went around noon, and it was pretty crowded. It's 1000 for a regular ticket, or 1040yen for a combined castle+garden ticket. Unfortunately it started raining, so we didn't visit the gardens. You can go up...More

Thank Justyn S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have only seen inside the castle at Matsumoto before this one. This was similar but a little grander. We are all over 70 and coped well with the steep stairs because we were able to take our time. We entered the castle grounds at about...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived in the morning of 30th March 2018. The weather was pleasing at around 12-14 C. Once you enter the park, you are surrounded by lots of full brooms cherry flowers. The castle looks huge compares to the other castles in Japan. No need to...More

Thank Paddy W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb architecture, well preserved wooden structure. I wish they have some remains of royal ornaments or weapons furniture etc. Beautiful gardens and surroundings.

Thank Eswar K
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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 Mishy1980 | Reviewed this property |
The JR Rail pass can take you to Himeji itself, the castle is walking distance from the station. Did not do a tour around the castle, just did this at my own leisure. Osaka is worth a visit as well if you can manage it, you... More
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Yong K
9 February 2018|
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Response from Sameosht | Reviewed this property |
It’s worth the 1000 yen to see the inner castle area. Fantastic views and cool artifacts to see outside the “Main Keep” which has all the stairs.
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