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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Built in the beginning of the 17th century when Japan's unique castle...

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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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

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Beautiful castle at night

On our way back to Osaka, we stopped over at this spot and snapshot several photos from outside as it was late and raining. Despite of the darkness, the white castle still stood... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On our way back to Osaka, we stopped over at this spot and snapshot several photos from outside as it was late and raining. Despite of the darkness, the white castle still stood out on top of the hill. Recommend travelers to visit this castle as it is easily accessible from the JR Station.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Marvelous, from the moment of distant view upon exiting Himeji JR Station. This and Matsumoto Castle on our first Japan trip were the most striking to me. Early arrival is crucial if you wish to minimize the crowds. We heard an announcement after being there several hours that admission was to be restricted to certain areas due to the large... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It seems this is the only original Castle, which has not been rebuilt after some kind of "disaster". We visited it during one day, on our way from Osaka to Hiroshima. The visit was very good and the Castle is impressive, mainly from outside. As per few previous reviews, it's true that the interior is rather poor, but this is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is a MUST visit. It is easily accessible by train to Himeji, especially if you have a JR Pass. I visited this castle from my base in Osaka. Breathtaking views from so many angles. And if you can manage the climb up the 6 floors of steep steps, it's pretty awesome.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It has been more than a decade to dream about this castle. No wonder it became one of world heritage. We spent more than 3 hours just to explore the castle. In fact you need a day to explore the whole area. There are multi language flyers as well as volenteer guides who enjoy their task for free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Rated as one of the best castles to visit in Japan, it is indeed a beautiful sight. After restoration, the castle is returned to its splendid glory and looks good at every angle. The view from the top of the castle is rewarding. Pay attention to the sachi atop the main keep - various designs had been used over the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We initially didn't expect much of the castle apart from it being the largest in Japan and it being a UNESCO world heritage but the moment we had Sugimoto-san (English free tour guide @ the entrance) with us, our experience immediately turned into an extremely knowledgeable and memorable one. I highly recommend a day visit to the castle & Garden,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle is nicer from the outside than from inside. Inside are just stairs and people. But ticket allows you to access neighborhood of the castle, where you can take stunning pictures. Definitely buy the combo ticket and visit also gardens near by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A really impressive castle in the pictures and even better in person. The whole experience was pretty amazing with the walk to the castle, the castle itself and the surrounding grounds. The inside of the castle offers some interesting insights but the views from the outside were far more impressive. We were here in autumn and the views were spectacular... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this castle last week. It was simply impressive. Thanks to other reviewers, we arrived at the castle as early as we could treading from Kyoto. We arrived at 10 am on a Thursday and almost had the castle to ourselves with a few other early risers. We had the fortune to have a free English tour guide (Ms.... More 

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