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Address: Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 792-85-1146
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Description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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A fascinating day excursion. The place was quite crowded (uncomfortably so) but our guide told us that on really busy days there can be up to a 3 hour delay before you even enter... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

A fascinating day excursion. The place was quite crowded (uncomfortably so) but our guide told us that on really busy days there can be up to a 3 hour delay before you even enter the castle!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The long renovation is now finished. This is the most beautiful castle I have ever seen anywhere. There was an enormous amount of people there. Considering how beautiful the castle is, I am not surprised.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The castle is magnificent from the outside. It's even visible from JR Himeji station. Getting to the castle is fairly easy, we took a Kodama/Hikari/Sakura shinkansen and got off at Himeji stop. The train can be quite busy in peak times without a reserved seat. The walk from the JR station to the castle is about 15 minutes on flat... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We have just been visiting the castle after the reopening. Despite being marvellous on the outside the 1000¥ fee for the entrance unfortunately is not worth it at all. Inside there's only long queues to get to the sixth floor of the castle to see Himeji from the top. But what you really wanna see is the castle, not Himeji... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

From outside the castle is great, all white and just renovated. It can be seen far from distance. However in my opinion the ticket entrance is too expensive (1000 yen) since the interior is completely empty. Nothing is stored inside, you have to queue and climb a lot of stairs with nothing interesting to see. On the contrary, the garfen... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Himeji Castle is a historic site and gosh it is marvelous! We went just after it re-opened from the huge renovation and maintenance project (once every 50 years!) Take off your shoes and take a walk around the castle! We walked all the way up the castle itself (only about 6 storeys) and gosh the views were just amazing! The... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Himaji Castle survived WWII with little damage, and is in virtually the same condition that it would have been in about 1650. Many features that are missing from other castles in Japan (outler walls, bailey, approaches, etc.) are still here, and you can really see how the castle and whole area was designed for defense. Don't visit here if... More 

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Midwest
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This castle is incredible. As you exit the train station the castle seems very close but it takes a lovely walk down a broad well-landscaped boulevard to reach the castle grounds. The walk inside the restored castle is well managed: you have as much time as you want, lots of incredible views, and informational displays in Japanese and English have... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Himeji Castle's historical standing in Japanese history is almost undisputed. But unless you have a lot of time & fancy climbing up many narrow staircases for hours just to see inside an empty castle, it is best to take a selfie/wefie just before the ticket area then go. For those who cares about the history and would like to look... More 

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Himeji Castle is a World Historical Site, and worth a trip, but it is not easy to get to on your own. Unless you are very comfortable traveling around Japan on your own, then you are probably better of booking it with a tour company. The castle is located southwest of the Kobe/Osaka area, more than an hour's drive... More 

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