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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
Type: Castles
Description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

With a Japan Rail Pass, stop by Himeji, walk to the Castle and meander through the passageways---like an invading army would have to do. The formidable defenses are contrasted by the structure's timeless beauty---like flying white cranes. This site will leave lasting memories and an appreciation for architecture and human ingenuity.,

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Fremont, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We only visited the keep and the ground but it was well worth it. The main castle won't be fully restored until 2015.

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

They're still restoring the castle and will continue to do so until 2015. You can still access the outer bailey and when you get your ticket, inquire about a free tour guide. My guide was the Japanese Arnold Schwarzenegger who in addition to being a very good looking man was also really knowledgeable about the castle and it's history and... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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123 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The scaffolding has been removed but you still are unable to visit the keep until March 2015. Entry costs 400 yen or 600 to include the garden. You can view the keep from the grass outside for free. The areas you can walk around include the outer bailey which offers a brief history of the place. You can also access... More

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Tokyo, Japan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited today, 30-06-2014. Beautiful setting, was attracted to it as used in, 007 you only live twice( sean connery ninja training) got offered and excepted a free guided tour by a wonderful guide named Hide, this guy was the cherry & the icing on the cake, really good English, explained in detail some the history of the castle, and it's... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited the castle in 2013 and even though the keep was under scaffolding the trip to Himeji was worth while. Within the scaffolding, the restorers have set up different levels with views of the building as it is being restored. You actually get to see in detail how the building is constructed which you otherwise wouldn't. There are also... More

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Belo Horizonte- Brazil
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Needless to talk about castle beauty, but is under renovations and will be complete in the middle 2015. Now visits are limited to some areas and castle views are not the best. But even with renovation is worth visit, if you aretraveling around Japan. And I notice renovation also in some Nikko temples.

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I was on onsite assignment (Itami City near Osaka) from India. We decided to visit Himeji Caste after getting nice feedback about this place. We boarded Shinkansen(Bullet Train) from Osaka City and reached Himeji in 30 min. We reached the castle entrance, weather was good with sun and cool breeze. The Castle's architecture is beautifully designed with intricate carved tiles.... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is the nicest castle I visited in Japan, especially it is beautiful during cherry blossom in the spring.

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West Yorkshire
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23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

the entire main keep is undergoing renovation and there is only a small part of the grounds that you are able to go in now. the part they opened specially to show you the renovations is also closed now. I would not visit here until the renovations are complete as it is a waste of time. you only really see... More

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