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Himeji Castle

68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Recently repainted and sure fits its nickname " White Egret Castle" This castle was a location place of the movie called "Shogun" One of the most beautiful castles in Japan. A must see castle. By Shinkansen from Tokyo, it takes less than 4hours and 45...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing garden, a magnificent castle and a great history to it. We went while it was grey-skied with light rain. One of the places I'd definitely visit again and again and again.

Thank Jackson L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the castle and garden and really enjoyed it. Would, however, not go inside and all the way up to the top again as the view in my opinion was not worth it and there was not much to see (in other castles, there usually...More

Thank cdiefenbacher
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Every time I see a well preserved site I can't help but think how ancient people had lived their lives. If I had to put gender on this castle I would say this is the female castle and Osaka Castle is the male.

Thank melanthology
Reviewed 4 days ago

Himeji Castle, the crown jewel of city, is also sometimes referred to as the White Heron Castle due to its white colour. Besides its sheer elegance, it is also one of the country’s twelve original castles, and some might regard it as the best and...More

Thank 91MJJC19
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a full-spectrum excursion. Be ready for walking tour of the entire hillside castle- fortress. All placards and historical sites have dual language details available as I recall. We were there in height of Cherry Blossom tourist time, so our wait was slowed by...More

Thank SoCal_kz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No need to go inside the castle as there is nothing to see. Very disappointing and the best pictures are taken from outside. View from top floor is nothing special either.

Thank 136brettd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the Shinkansen station to the castle it could be a thirty minute walk straight ahead. Or a taxi zips folks there in no time. It may be prudent to save the energy in order to ascend the many sets of steep steps. The reward...More

Thank johnfjohnston
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved this place. We enjoyed a walk around the castle on our first evening during which we visited a shinto shrine, exchanged pleasantries with the locals, observed the huge fish in the moat & some good photo opportunites. One the day of our visit...More

1  Thank lovetheunexpected
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you com out from Himeji Station, you will find the castle far away but straightly forward. The first view of the castle is from station through the main street of Himeji Town. It takes 10-15 min from teh station but you never loose the...More

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Hi Ken, How to get here from Osaka-namba station? I used google map for direction already but I want more suggestions. I think you'll know lol. We will travel with a baby and a young kid. Is there any way to get there without taking shinkasen? Thank you so much.
April 12, 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi Dee-Chand, This is Ken. I'm sorry to be late for responding. Thank you very much for your interest in Himeji. From Numba with two small kids? Though it's OK on weekdays' daytime with the route johnshelleyb and AAW... More
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Hello, We will be driving from tottori to himeji castle on 15 dec, would like to know which parking area is the closest to the entrance?
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Lara N | Reviewed this property |
There is a very large paid parking area practically across the street from the main entrance to the castle grounds and complex, the "Otemon" gate. It is DIRECTLY across from the entrance to Kofukuen Garden. I believe it is... More
Are there any large coin lockers or someplace to safely leave two large backpacks (70 liters each) while we visit Himeji castle? Either at the JR Himeji Station or at the castle entrance?
March 31, 2017|
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Response from HimejiJoe7 | Property representative |
Hi RamblingFever714, This is Ken, International Tourism Supervisor of Himeji City. As they wrote, there are couple of coin operated lockers are available at Himeji Station. The largest one is H:1135mm, W:335mm D:575. If... More
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