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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stunning. beauiful castle just out of Kyoto by train. Quick walk from the Himeji train station. It was a cloudy day but the structure was so stunning that it made up for it. A must see

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was not inside the castle building but the whole area was impressing enough to make the trip from Kyoto worthwhile. The castle sits on top of a larger fortified area and offers endless motives for taking pictures. There are also nice gardens in different...More

Thank kattinger
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a highlight of our trip loved it we travelled to Himeji just to see it on our three week trip and glad I did

Thank garryUKLancs
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to Himeji for a two day stay to see the castle but came away appreciating and enjoying the town as well. The castle is THE best catle in Japan and one that you can actually climb all the way to the top of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was surprised at the size of this castle and its beauty even though the restoration goes on; it isso white from walls to the tiles on the roof. SPECTACULAR. There is a bunch of climbing up then down to take the full tour without...More

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful castle, and for 40 more yens, we have accees to amazing gardens next to it. The visit is short, but worth it.

Thank xaviermarchal
Reviewed 6 days ago

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. Ikeda Terumasa was awarded the castle from the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and completely rebuilt the castle from...More

Thank mabei0123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth stopping to visit the magnificent castle. The day we visited it was cloudy and still looked beautiful. One of a few remainimg original castles in Japan. Spend the money to climb the main keep, worth it. You have to go on to get...More

Thank N5636QKandreww
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you exit Himeji Station it is a 20-25 min walk to the castle (which is visible all the way). It was quite busy when we arrived so we decided to walk to one of the viewing points but just kept walking,following the moat around...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would say that it is a must-see but only from the outside as that is where its beauty lie - also it would be free to just snap pictures from the outside. Entrance fee is 1,000 yen (1,040 yen if combined with the Koko-en...More

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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.