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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012 Hyogo Prefecture
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 Romantic Tour In Himeji
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Romantic Tour In Himeji

An exclusive tour for all the romantics of the world! Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most romantic places in the city. You will feel spellbound in a charming atmosphere. Himeji Castle and the surrounding Kokoen gardens make for an incredibly romantic place to explore. What is so special about it? What is considered as one of the best places to have a date in the city? Where can you make lovely photos? You will be surprised how many historical love stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, parks of the city. From heartbreaking and tragic, to the hilarious or spicy ones. Find love and happiness in sacred places dedicated to sweethearts. What is the most famous historical couple in Japan? Which holy shrine is dedicated to love? Koinoki Shrine is dedicated to love and is the only shrine in Japan that enshrines the god of love Koi-no-Mikoto. This tour is especially recommended in the Saint Valentine period!
$479.17 per adult
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Komator wrote a review Apr 2020
Barcelona, Spain648 contributions178 helpful votes
Himeji Castle is an impressive castle. It's huge, with lots of alleys, towers, small rivers and vegetation. It wasn't really touched by bombs during WWII. Even though, they reconstructed it and it is astonishing. However, from the inside it's quite empty. There are not many memories of what it used to be from the inside. Everything is quite new. It's one of the main reasons to visit Himeji and you won't be disapointed.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Harald Gracholski wrote a review Mar 2020
Cologne, Germany6,143 contributions290 helpful votes
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When talk is Japanese castles, Himeji is definitely part of that conversation and rightfully so. It is among the best preserved monuments and still a breathtaking sight from near or far. Don't expect to see fancy stuff inside, Japanese castles are not about that, but the eperience in total is very much worth the time spent here!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Geobar01 wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom1,501 contributions393 helpful votes
We visited Himeji (White Heron) Castle by train from Osaka, choosing to go from there on our trip to Japan purely because it was closer than Kyoto and we travelled independently instead of booking a tour because it was so easy using Japan’s excellent transport system and gave us the freedom to go early before the bulk of the castle’s daily visitors arrived, timing it so that we had about 20 minutes to wait unti, it opened. On arrival at JR Himeji station head straight out of the main entrance and take the good walk straight up Otemae Dori and as you get to the last stretch the Castle comes into clear view. Then when you reach the T junction at the top, cross over heading diagonally to your left to enter the park and ignoring the zoo on your right follow the curving road around to the left up to the castle entrance. If you get there early to avoid the crowds I would suggest you forego a guide for the visit because that will leave you with growing numbers filling your photos. For the same reason it’s probably bette to do as we did and head straight to the top of the Dai-tenshu or main keep first, the route being pretty obvious once you are in and gradually following steps up and around to the right initially. The interiors is on 6 floors (a 7th is below ground and we didn’t see any access to it) and the route is via a series of steep wooden steps. There is little to see on each floor and the interiors is unfurnished and undecorated though there are occasional displays of roof tiles and text detailing the castle’s history. The weapon racks on the walls along the way also remind that this was a defensive structure and not merely for display, it was a military and political centre in it’s day. Take time too to enjoy the views outside as you ascend and to admire the structure itself as you get to stare out across 5e rooftops and over to the Nishi-no-Maru Bailey from where you will be able to look back and capture some photos of the keep hopefully with cherry blossom in shot. To admire the sheer bulk of the keep you can stand too directly below it in the large open space that is the Bizen-Maru bailey. The square San-goku-bori moat and outer buildings give plenty more to see on leaving the keep and once outside the castle heading back out to the road and turning right will bring you to Koko-en gardens which are well worth a visit and where you can enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony. We enjoyed our visit and owing the castle is original and not wholly reconstructed as so many were following WWII or subsequent fires only added to the sense of history. In summary then we found it really useful to visit independently by train instead of booking a tour, visited early to arrive shortly before the opening time. We also self guided and headed directly to the big point of the main keep, ahead of the growing number of visitors and avoiding queuing for the stairs while getting photos largely empty of other visitors. If you have any mobility problems though be aware that the stairs are steep and it’s a long way up to the top with the stairs narrowing as you go. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoyed ours.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Eric F wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort Myers, Florida117 contributions138 helpful votes
I came to Himeji Castle and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had seen many castles in Europe, but nothing like this. The unique designs and colors certainly rival Europe's finest palaces. There are also many gardens surrounding the castle along with a zoo and theme park, but I only went to the castle. The castle tour is fun. You walk at your own speed up many stairs. You have to take off shoes, however, to keep the castle tidy. The exterior is fantastic and a wonder to behold, but the interior does lack some of the flair of the outside. This contrast does keep the castle from earning five stars, but it's worth visiting if you're not too far.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Karla L wrote a review Mar 2020
Clover, South Carolina4 contributions
We visited about 3 years ago, it is an amazing cultural tour. It's a lot of walking and steps, I'd recommend for +12 yrs old. Quite an unexpected experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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