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Himeji Castle

Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
+81 792-85-1146
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Ranked #1 of 76 Attractions in Himeji
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles
Description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Went in sep 2014, main keep is closed til estimated mar 2015. The view of the castle is still spectacular and the Bailey and grounds are fantastic. See layers of defenses of a feudal castle, and many interesting exhibits most with English descriptions. I have been to Edinburgh castle and the tower of London and this was much better!! Get... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Himeji Castle gets a makeover every 60 years and it is having one now and being reprinted white. So there are cranes and construction materials around. The castle is beautiful regardless and you can still go in but you can't enter the main castle building and walk to the top. I visited the castle and walked through a decade ago... More

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We took the bullet train (Shinkansen) from Osaka to Himeji to visit the castle and it was well worth the Trip. Unfortunately the main part of the castle was closed for renovations, however we still enjoyed our day of exploring around the castle and its Gardens. A 1/2 to full Day trip from Osaka is just the right amount of... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Don't even hesitate about whether to visit or not before the keep re-opens again, scheduled for 27th March 2015. Work colleagues had visited in the previous month and had highly recommended the castle and nearby gardens, buy I had to go solo on the day. There is more than enough to see and do at Himeji Castle in the meantime,... More

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Waterloo, Belgium
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is certainly the highlight of the town. Unfortunately, the Castle is under restoration since over two years. During this visit, access to the major part of the tower was not possible, This was much better two years ago during the early part of the restoration work. If you can delay your visit until spring next year (2015), I would... More

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Hirakata-shi, Osaka, Japan
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Himeji castle is now renewed. Walls are painted white, which was the original color at the construction 400 years ago. Though reconstruction is not finished and only limited area is allowed to look around, the fresh white castle is worth visiting now.

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96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The oldest real castle of Japan still standing. It is the original castle, so it is very impressive. The gardens are beautiful, but it's a shame because in 2014 due to work its interior is not available for the visitors. However, a great experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The castle was currently being heavily renovated at the time I arrived so I could not go inside. However, I was able to stroll around the outside of the castle and it was just average. It appears kind of run down in some areas. There were fish in the "moat" surrounding the castle, and they were huge. The castle's outside... More

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Palatine, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

We started our Japan trip here with the best sight on the trip. Walking the Blvd from the train station gave us the best view of the Castle. It was a truly impressive sight. The layout and the information about the history and the life in the castle was explained well in English and truly interesting. It was a shame... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
9 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Himejo is one of the best preserved castles in Japan, well worth to visit. At the moment castle is under renovations, so tower is off limits, which is shame, but still well worth the visit. Admitance is 400 yen, walk from railway station appox 15 minutes, there is also shuttle bus running from the station to the castle.

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