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Himeji Castle

68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto
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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.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep stairs” (58 reviews)
“top floor” (59 reviews)
“train station” (100 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our visit to Japan's premier castle was a memorable one as we hiked the stone steps to the main entrance and then up several steep stairways to the top of the castle where we enjoyed fabulous views of Himeiji City. There were so main stories...More

1  Thank susanleewoo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was drawn to the castle by a friend of mine who had previously visited about a year ago. This is my first time. It is stunning by its dimensions. The grounds are open free but there is a charge of 1000¥ to enter and...More

1  Thank Graeme R
Reviewed 3 days ago

We both visited Himeji Castle earlier that morning before traveling to Hiroshima later in the afternoon. Once we arrived at Himeji station, we found that we had to walk approx. 850 m to Himeji castle. Instead of riding a bus, we decided to walk during...More

Thank Bambang S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We broke our journey at Himeji, left suitcases in left luggage lockers and got the bus outside the station to the castle. ( You can see the castle from the station and it's about a mile to walk). Fabulously different from western castles, tall and...More

1  Thank brighton48
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi brighton48, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. I'm very impressed you mentioned the difference between western and Japanese. In my opinion, western castles used to be a place to live and decorated luxuriously and richly, but Japanese castles were built not...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Himeji Castle is quite beautiful. If you are a fan of castles anywhere, the inside is a must see, especially if there aren't many tourists. The size of the wooden beams and posts is impressive. If you are not familiar with castle lingo, brush up...More

Thank Tombow
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Tombow, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. It's getting closer to summer, and temp. hit 30C (85F) in day time. As you say, you need a bottle of water to walk around in the afternoon. Water supply is not available inside...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting other castles I am glad I left this one for the end because otherwise I would not have enjoyed the others. This is a really authentic not reconstructed castle.More

1  Thank Maria E
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Maria E, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. Including Himeji Castle, there are 12 more castle remaining original, and out of them, 5 are national treasure, and one of them is World Heritage, so I agree your opinion that you must...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! What an amazing place to visit. We were lucky enough to visit on a day when there were volunteer guides available. I'd expected to spend two hours there but our guide (Ueda-san) had so much information we spent fours hours touring the castle grounds....More

1  Thank Carter G
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Cater G, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. Our English speaking tour guides are keen for studying to introduce the castle to tourists, and especially entertaining them. Usually 2-3 hours are enough to explore it, but once you are interested in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been staying in Osaka and took a 30 minute train (direct on the Shinkansen from Osaka station) to Himeji to see the castle. Wow it is amazing and worth the trip! A must see if coming to Japan. The castle and grounds are...More

1  Thank ClaudineUsher
HimejiJoe7, International Turism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi ClaudineUsher, Thank you for choosing Himeji, and you might enjoyed the caslte. I also recommend Kokoen Japanese Garden adjacent to the castle, and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple 20 min. by local bus. The temple is on the mountain, Mt. Shosha, and whole mountain has a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see if you are anywhere in this area of Japan. Plan to spend at least half a day exploring the grounds. There is also an app that gives you info at certain points when you scan signs. Everything in Japanese and English on...More

1  Thank James B
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi James B, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. I do appreciate your understanding of our treasure, and it takes at least 2-3 hours to explore even general things. We offer free English speaking tour guide and they might help you walking...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is wonderful as well as the city that it is built around it. Be prepared to do some walking though as the grounds are a bit sloped and full of stairs. You do have to remove your footwear before entering the keep and...More

Thank Tim W
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Tim W, Thank you very much for your review and evaluation. As you wrote, stairs are getting steeper and steeper as the first one has 47 degrees and the last one has 53 degrees I measured, and in old ages, it is usual thing....More

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Dee-Chand
Hi Ken, How to get here from Osaka-namba station? I used google map for direction already but I want more suggestions. I think you'll know lol. We will travel with a baby and a young kid. Is there any way to get there without taking shinkasen? Thank you so much.
12 April 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi Dee-Chand, This is Ken. I'm sorry to be late for responding. Thank you very much for your interest in Himeji. From Numba with two small kids? Though it's OK on weekdays' daytime with the route johnshelleyb and AAW... More
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Ling Ee L
Hello, We will be driving from tottori to himeji castle on 15 dec, would like to know which parking area is the closest to the entrance?
10 April 2017|
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Response from Lara N | Reviewed this property |
There is a very large paid parking area practically across the street from the main entrance to the castle grounds and complex, the "Otemon" gate. It is DIRECTLY across from the entrance to Kofukuen Garden. I believe it is... More
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RamblingFever714
Are there any large coin lockers or someplace to safely leave two large backpacks (70 liters each) while we visit Himeji castle? Either at the JR Himeji Station or at the castle entrance?
31 March 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi RamblingFever714, This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. As they wrote, there are couple of coin operated lockers are available at Himeji Station. The largest one is H:1135mm, W:335mm D:575. If... More
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