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Himeji Castle

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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 79-285-1146
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One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.

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Absolutely amazing

One of my favorite sites in Japan. Really amazing castle. The restoration has been completed on the main building and it simply looks stunning from far and close. A must see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my favorite sites in Japan. Really amazing castle. The restoration has been completed on the main building and it simply looks stunning from far and close. A must see.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Himeji Castle makes stopping at Himeji worthwhile! Visitors can go through many parts and levels of the castle, and enjoy the spacious grounds. However, the crowds can be daunting, particularly the long waits to enter the castle and ascend the various levels.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Breathtaking architect! You can see this castle from the JR station. It's beautiful taking in this castle from far away and even greater close up. There were many people having a picnic in the open place right below the castle. It's great to behold its beauty and at the same time see the defensive function it provides.

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The structure of this castle amazed me..from the outer walls to the keep. There are lots of steep stairs to the highest level. It was cold, dark and bare inside. Kept wondering how it must've been defending the castle. Terrific!

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Glenelg, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best Japanese Castle we went to, they had just completed their restoration when we were there. Be prepared for queues (it's worth waiting), crowded spaces & if you're tall like us.... Make sure you duck your head when you're inside. The gardens have the most beautiful Cherry Blossoms if you're fortunate enough to go when they're blossoming. You absolutely must... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The castle exteriors and her grounds were gorgeous and spacious, simply the most beautiful castles in Japan. We went inside to see the interiors. Nothing much, quite empty multilevels wooden settings. It was worth a day trip to Himeji.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a place to see! The perfect japanese castle. Recently restored, but never rebuilt, its authentic and worth the trip. We took a morning from kyoto and used our jr pass and it was about an hour each way. The castle can easily be seen snd walked to from the train station.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When going to Japan you will see many castles, so I decided to just choose one to pay to go into and im glad I chose Himeji. Beautiful castle which consists of several buildings and gardens apart from the main keep, you could easily spend a whole day here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a beautiful castle and we were very excited to enter, we had put our little bub in a stroller and wheeled her from Himeji station to the castle, At the entrance, we were informed that strollers are not allowed inside. After going in, yes, it's impossible to navigate with a stroller. At the main castle keep, you will need... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning white castle, and personally I think that this castle is the most beautiful castle in Japan. Place is easy to access, took a Shinkansen from Osaka to Himeji Station in around 40 mins and a 10 mins walk to the castle. There's a entrance fee to the castle, can't remember the price but it's not very expensive. Definitely worth... More 

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