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Himeji Castle (Himeji-jo)

Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
+81 792-85-1146
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Ranked #1 of 51 attractions in Himeji
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Castles
Description: One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

We visited this castle a couple of years ago and it was a wonderful experience. We were taken there by a Japanese friend and he was able to explain the history of the castle. Once the renovations are completed we would really like to return there to see what had been done. If you go during the cherry blossom time... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

During our stay in Osaka (for Cherry Blossoms), we visited Himeji Castle. It was under renovation where the main attraction building was covered in scaffold and we could see very little. However, we still enjoyed the surrounding buildings and the grounds. There were many cherry blossom trees here and the buildings made for great photos. To get here, we bought... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I think this would ordinarily be a fantastic sight to visit, but unfortunately it is under construction until April 2015! Of course, some parts are still viewable, but the main part of the castle is covered in scaffolding and cut off from the public. We still had a great day, and the gardens next door are AMAZING, but be warned.

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Tokyo, Japan
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54 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Although this castle is perhaps the most well preserved castle in Japan, tourists should take note that full restoration is underway, and that the Tenshu tower will be closed until 27th March 2015, as mentioned everywhere (it's your responsibility to gather information). People might be advised to see other castles with Tenshu tower intact, like Hikone Castle near Maibara, Inuyama... More

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Shanghai, China
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We got to Himeji Castle with the interest of seeing the biggest castle in Japan (the Osaka Castle was also kind of disappointing to be perfectly honest). However, we made the mistake of not asking around and when we got there, found out that the main part of the Castle (which makes the vast majority of it) is sealed off... More

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London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Was inspired to visit by the fact it was the ninja school in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice". As noted the castle is undergoing extensive maintenance until 2015, but rather than close it totally the authorities built the Egret view which allows you to travel up to roof level to see at close hand the restorations being... More

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Himeji, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

we like staying in this city. There are alot of car however all run in rule and quite no noise. Citizens kinds and cheerful. There are a lot of things to do in here. Highly recoomed

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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The castle is under renovation until 2015, the facade is covered with a big box with an outline of the castle drawn on it. Despite that, so many people are lining up to see what's inside, with waiting time of 1 to 2 hours. Must be a great sight to behold based on the pictures.

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Managed to see it just before reconstruction began, and plan to go soon as it is finished again. The gardens are spectacular, and the castle inspiring. Can't wait for the face lift. If you are in the area now, definitely visit the gardens.

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Guanajuato, Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The castle is amazing, even when we only managed to see the surroundings and the repair work on it. Can't wait for the repairs to be done, around 2016, to go back.

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