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Himeji Castle

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Built in the beginning of the 17th century when Japan's unique castle architectural techniques had reached their peak, Himeji Castle was the first in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage in 1993 as well as designated as a...more
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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This impressive Castle is used as one of the pictures to promote tourism to Japan, and with due justification! It is visible in the far distance when leaving the Main Station, after arriving amidst an industrial landscape. Suddenly there are wide boulevards reminiscent of Paris...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The last time we were in Japan, Himeji was under construction, so I wasn't going to miss it this time in all its glory. We arrived in Himeji after a brief 1-hour train ride from Kyoto Station, and the moment we exited the station, Himeji...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jennigens
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in beautiful Kyoto but the crowd!! Looking for a breather we made an impromptu decision to go to Himeji. A wide boulevard led one's eyes to the Castle sitting on a low hill towering above the city. A white castle! The open castle...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As soon as you exit the train station it is in front of you looking more majestic the closer you get. An easy walk to the castle via the Main Street or the arcade to the right of the station

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank investigator2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a castle that can be easily seen once you stepped outisde the JR Himeji Station. It is walkable from there for about 10 minutes (depending on the pacing). But there are also buses running in the city starting from the station. Fee is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank Lextrike
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on the way from Hiroshima to Kyoto, we left our luggage at the coin locker at the station - we went early so there were a lot of lockers available. The castle was only 15 mins walk from Himeji Station. WHEELCHAIRS /...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank YUI387
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a slow walk, about 20min from Himeji Station to Himeji Castle. Do not worry about the directions. Once you are at the station you can ask the station staff or just look at the signage above you & you will not go wrong....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TifKoh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the most beautiful castles i have seen in Japan so far. When you enter inside you can feel the history. The old wooden structures and everything . There is a VR guide app that you can download . I didn't use it but it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Tee L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

from the first sight on distance already it atracting, and the whole walk to it is fun. plenty of toilets around. some climbing to to and I didnt see elevator. really worthwhile to go and spend 3-4 hours there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MaaDoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a Long train ride and walk to Himeji Castle from kyoto station but well I can say it’s well worth the trip! Superb architecture, very nice history, plenty of landscape and castle grounds for one to explore and rest. Take your time to scale...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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September 25, 2018|
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Response from T8875VUmarks | Reviewed this property |
Depends what time you are there to get in really I was there exactly on opening time also Saturday morning and I didn’t Q but later when I was going out about 2 hours the tours were arriving so my suggestion get there early... More
September 16, 2018|
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You can see moats and outer baileys of the castle at any time, but gates close at 5 pm.
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July 30, 2018|
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Response from Duperman | Reviewed this property |
All necessary advice has already been dished. Allow me to share one more - travel light to Himeji. There is a need to take off your shoes & climb several flights of steps - so make sure you arrived prepared for the task.
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Update - received a Chrsitmas surprise from my son as he bought 12 packages of Japanese stickers at the Isetan Department store in the JR Kyoto Station - majority of the prices were 336 yen but very cool traditional Japanese stickers
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