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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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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
9 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We took a day trip from Kyoto to Himeji (~50 min) just to see the castle, which is close to the central subway station. There's a loop bus leaving from the subway station every 30 minutes that drives around the castle and stops at its attractions. 300 yen for a day pass; 100 yen every time you get on or... More

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Almere, The Netherlands
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93 reviews 93 reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We wanted to visit Himeji castle on our trip in july 2014 to Japan, but with the castle being completely covered we skipped it from our itinerary, However, right before we left we saw on webcam images that the cover was being taken off the castle and the scaffolding was being removed. This changed our plans and we were glad... More

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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
16 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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