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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 79-285-1146
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One of the grandest feudal castles of Japan.

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$163*
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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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Worth the trip

Firstly - it's definitely worth the trip just to see the castle at all - whether outside or inside. While it's true that the view is better from outside the castle than inside, if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Firstly - it's definitely worth the trip just to see the castle at all - whether outside or inside. While it's true that the view is better from outside the castle than inside, if you've made the trip all the way to Himeji to see it, you may as well fork over the 1000 yen and see it from the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Himeji Castle on a Friday. Ticket machines at the entrance were relatively straight forward and if you need help, there are some assistants standing by to guide you through the process. After presenting our tickets, we were making our way through the gateway when a lovely voice politely enquired if we would like a guided tour. The voice... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the first time we visited Himeji Castle. It has been on our list of places to visit. We were not disappointed. It was a beautiful sight! Be prepared to do a lot of walking up the many stairs of the castle. No elevators!! It is worth the walk and even more enjoyable when you head down the stairs--so... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive visit, not only the castle itself, the surrounding scenic area, the explanation about the castle, the track they set are all very professional, it took about 15 mins walk from the station and you won't get lost since only walk straight. Along the road to the castle, there were lots of statues which were amazing as well.

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Thank KK L
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great day out. Used our JR pass to take the Shinkansen from Kyoto...only an hour away and riding the bullet train is a delight anyway. Back by four with two hours in the castle and a nice lunch in Himeji. Walked a lot all around the beautiful grounds then along the buildings that tip the walls before... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Himeji Castle is well worth the trip. We did not have enough time to go through the whole thing (need to allow 2-3 hours), however what we saw was amazing. If you choose to go inside the castle the stairs are very steep and in some places quite narrow and you are required to take off your shoes and carry... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to Himeji Castle not long after it reopened to the public last year. I was very excited that my trip to Japan, coincided with the reopening of such a well known and iconic spot of Japan. Travel from Kyoto is easy on the shinkanssen and I did this as a stop on the way to Hiroshima. Stepping out... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The first and only Japanese castle I've seen. This place was amazing. Probably the only thing to see in Himeji but well worth the 1hr train ride from Kyoto. Not for the weak kneed; its quite a few flights of stairs to the top!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came out of the station and there it was, shiny white, perched on a hillside above the city, like the bird of prey it is named for. Very impressive, and totally different from the way it looked last time I was there. That first view from the small downtown area really is the best of it. As you walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a slow train ride from Kyoto on the way down and a much faster Shinkansen on the way back. The first thing noticeable on arrival is how quiet it is compared to Kyoto. Great station and you can see the castle at the end of the street, just 1km away. It soars over the town. It cost 1000... More 

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