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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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Newly restored and Amazing as ever

I've visited Himeji castle twice before the recent five and a half year restoration project and it was very interesting at that time. Now the castle is stunning to look at with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I've visited Himeji castle twice before the recent five and a half year restoration project and it was very interesting at that time. Now the castle is stunning to look at with its new roof and new coat of white lime plaster walls. The castle was reopened to the public in March 2015 and as of May 2015 was still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Himeji Castle certainly has to be on the list of any travelers visiting Japan. View from outside and inside the building are both too pretty to be missed. Before visiting the castle, make sure some important things: 1. at least you have 2 hours to enjoy the tour, 2. bring some water, 3. wear comfortable shoes/sandals. The castle has lots... More 

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Himeji Castle has been recently renovated and is truly a site to behold. Of all the castles and palaces we visited in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Himeji, the one in Himeji was hands down the best. With the renovation, the outside was restored to gleaming white and it stands out above the town. The interior has been kept true... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Himeji Castle is the place you have to visit once a life time. Amazing constructions and design.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The day we went there was a queue about ten deep and basically the whole visit was a trailing walk through the castle. But it is very beautiful and worth a visit. Also go to the gardens beside it, it costs an extra 40 yen or so.

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Himeji castle looks fantastic after its renovation. Do visit during weekday and avoid c rowdy weekends. Try to visit early in the morning. This is a must see in Japan

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The shiny magnificent Himeji Castle dominates the small city of Himeji skyline. You'll spot it the moment you get out the train station. It's right in front of you in a distance, some 2 km, 15 min walk. As you approach it, it gets bigger and more stunning. Alternatively, you can get a bus from the station for 100 Yen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This all white castle looked stunning from a distance. We took the train from Osaka to Himeji and the castle is visible from the train station as it stands higher that any of the buildings in Himeji. It is a 20 minute walk from the train station or one can catch the bus straight down the main avenue. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The castle's restoration efforts are complete. It is simply amazing and beautiful. As others have mentioned in their reviews, the inside is rather bare, except for the top floor. That being said, it's still a memorable journey. One has to keep in mind that the stairs are super steep (on purpose to slow down invaders if they were to make... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Quite a disappointment.. The staff at the Shinkansen could have told us that it was under construction and hence the restricted sightseeing... Wouldn't have gone there then.. Would have just stayed at Kyoto for another day.

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