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Himeji Castle

Address: Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 792-85-1146
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$4,625*
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Ranked #1 of 129 Attractions in Himeji
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is probably the most famous castle in Japan. It is currently undergoing extensive renovations, but don't let this put you off as it is still a wonderful place to visit and you can still se a lot of the castle and surrounding gardens. It's full of history and you can actually walk the battlements where the samurai used to... More 

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Caringbah, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

When we called to ask about the renovation, we were given the impression that most of the castle was open, with the exception of the top floor. In fact, the entire main keep is out of bounds. It's a spectacular sight, even from the outside, but if you can, I'd advise to wait until the keep is open. From previous... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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13 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The castle is simply stunning and impressive from the outside. Already when you walk up from the train station, it is an impossing sight. The main keep is still closed due to renovation untill March 2015, so you can just visit some parts of the castle. However it is still worth it! We also enjoyed the small garden beside the... More 

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Suva
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If you thought Osaka castle was fabulous then I would hate to disappoint you. Himeji Castle is uniquely beautiful, perched on a hill overlooking Himeji City. The views from the observatory are amazing although it can be quite hard climbing up the steep and narrow staircase. I went there in the middle of summer so it was very hot. The... More 

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Singapore
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69 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

Best castle...no doubt about it. We had visited 8 during our trip and this was the best. Simply out of this world. Though the renovations were not complete and we could only view from the outside...it was well worth the while. Best of all...it will open on 3mths odd time and the refurbishment makes it all the more pretty.

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Nantou, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Himeji may not have outclassed Osaka in shear area, but its beauty is unmatched. The only disappointing thing was that it is still refurbishing and we could not get into the main castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

If you can experience this castle in cherry blossom time it's extra special. Anyhow, whenever you go it's the best castle in Japan. Believe me... I've lived there 17 years and have been checking them all out! :-) It's very convenient to the station, which is close to Kyoto. So it should be easy to include in your trip -... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I visited the Himeji Castle in 2010 before the present restoration started and was blown away by the amazing architecture and beauty of the building. The winding path you take to get to the castle was made in order to protect the castle from attack as you must pass through a number of gates to get inside. Once inside the... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Impressive castle. Not a lot o English spoken there but people very friendly, such as offering to take picture of us in front of the castle. Take the street to the left of the main road from the station: lots of shops in a covered alleyway. The main part of the castle is closed for restoration until April 2015.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If we had realised that so much of the castle was closed due to renovations we would have spent extra time in Kyoto or done a different day/side trip. The renovations are due to end in March and the main keep should be open March 27 - in time for cherry blossoms! The West Bailey of the castle was open... More 

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