Himeji Castle

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Himeji Castle
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles • Scenic Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 National Treasure in 1951. It is called "Hakuro-jo" (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a white heron taking flight. Q1. Can I use a credit card? A1. Yes, you can. We accept major credit cards like VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners and JCB. Q2. Do you have a coin operated locker? A2. Yes we do, but the number and kind of them are limited, so you had better use the ones in Himeji station. The biggest size is 1135H x 350W x 640D(mm). Q3. When is peak season? A3. Our peak is usually around late March to early April for cherry blossoms, late April to early May for Japanese Holiday Season so called 'Golden Week', and October and November for travel season for Japanese. Q4. When do I have to arrive to avoid congestion? A4. 15 to 30 minutes prior to opening time (9am (8am-8:30am for peak season)). Q5. How long does it take to walk around the castle? A5. Normally, it takes at least 90 minutes to explore the castle, but you can try to go up and down with no stop in 45 minutes.
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan12 contributions
Jan 2020
Let me tell you...we went here thinking this would be a better option to the million or so tourist infested venues in Kyoto. We weren't wrong. At first I was put off by a review by someone going on about nothing being within the castle and just a lot of walking and climbing steep stairs while wearing ill-fitting slippers.

Let me tell you. We ventured forth thinking we didn't want to spend the money on the actual visit inside and I took a leap of faith knowing we probably won't be back in our lifetime. We were both glad we did. There is a wealth of information within the castle and most exhibits are in Japanese as well as English. In addition, they have kept the grounds and castle as historically correct as possible. So yes, there are a lot of steep stairs and long hallways of gorgeous wood. If you spend time here you will see the awesome workmanship and the continued restoration of this relic that has been around longer than many other countries have even been alive! This place is awesome. I wish I knew more about Japanese history to truly be enveloped by the stories, but unfortunately I know very little. Even so, you get the idea of what happened here and how it happened.

Mind you the museum at the end of the castle was closed and will be closed until April 2020 there was still a wealth of information. Docents are very knowledgeable and even in halting English one sought me out with my daughter to show us some little known facts about the construction of the main Keep. It was awesome and I wanted to go back and thank her again and again for such awesome knowledge sharing.

Please, please, please go here to spend an afternoon. What we thought would be an hour or two visit to get pictures turned out to be a four hour excursion of delight!!
Written January 29, 2020
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan106 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
If you are into the stereotypical tourist spots this is not the place to visit. However, if you are fluent in Japanese or have a special interest in history, this is the place. Very well-kept and easy to access.
You have to remove your shows while inside, so you may want to bring an extra pair of socks if you come over during winter.
The park is nice, and they offer a combo ticket to visit some gardens.
Written January 1, 2022
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Sydney, Australia33 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Amazing ambience of the castle. We arrived at the Himeji station around 2pm from Osaka. A bit late and the station is not small. We met VERY friendly staffs who recommended us a cheaper train ticket and refunded us the difference of the fares immediately! Then explained us patiently how to get to the scenes and what is worth to see in such a short period of time. The castle closed at 5 and cannot get in after 4. It is a big castle and a bit rush for us this time! We decided to walk back to the station after visiting the castle. A surprised little noodle shop caught our eyes. Ekisoba (local dish) is only cost 380 yen and it is tasty in a chilly evening! People here are so friendly! Will definitely come back and stay in this beautiful little town for at least a night!
Written January 23, 2020
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Aomori Prefecture, Japan8 contributions
Dec 2019
After 4 1/2 years, I finally visited Himeji Castle for the second time, and it was even more stunning than the first time. I even caught a rainbow in the morning with a perfectly clear sky. Himeji is one of the largest castles I've been to in japan, and the most expensive one, too, if you go inside. However, the walk around inside the castle is worth it to get a feel for what it was like in those years when the castle was used as a defense. Enjoy climbing steep staircases on dimly lit floors to admire the the holes in the walls for arrows and shotguns. The grounds themselves are also fun to wander around, so budget some time to really soak in the experience. You can also admire the castle for free from different angles and get some great photo shots. Try the bridge on the way to the entrance, the main grounds in front of the castle, and the Shiromidai Park just a short walk southeast of the castle on a street corner. Also, don't forget to explore the city a bit on your way to and from the castle from the station. There is a nice covered shopping street you can check for souvenirs and other goods on your way to the castle.
Written January 20, 2020
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Northern NJ435 contributions
Nov 2019
Himeji is definitely a great stop if you are traveling through on the Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Kyoto. The train station has lockers in which you can store your luggage and it's easy to walk around the city and up to the castle (or you can grab a cab). The castle is probably one of the more impressive pieces of architecture in Japan, although the tour inside is not so worth it. Seeing the outside and then taking in the neighboring garden would have been sufficient for us.
Written January 5, 2020
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5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The castle provides a window back in time and is a popular place to visit. Be prepared to climb pathways and reasonably steep stairs inside the castle (carrying your shoes - slippers are provided). Great views from the top and you get a good appreciation of the engineering/construction necessary to build it.
Buy the combination ticket for the gardens (300 mtrs away) as they are definitely also worth a visit with great examples of water features and detailed layout.
Castle is about 1km walk up the main street from the Himeji Station or a short taxi ride.
Written January 9, 2020
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Hillsborough, CA14 contributions
Jan 2020
We went to Himeji on a day trip from Kyoto via Shinkansen, and found it an incredibly worthwhile experience. The castle is stunning, sitting high on a hill at the end of a long boulevard, that leads from the train station. At the tail-end of the Japanese New Year's celebration, we were concerned about the crowds, but the hour, or so wait, as we wound up the narrow road to the castle, was itself enjoyable, and climbing through the castle itself a great lesson in history and craftmanship. It has been on my 40-year long Japan bucket list, and I was very happy I went..
Written January 9, 2020
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,726 contributions
Oct 2020
If you have time to see one Castle while in Japan make sure it's Himeji Castle. I've seen many castles in Japan and Himeji has been the most impressive so far. The complex and castle itself is gigantic. At first when walking through the gate, you get a great view of the castle. There is an open field here, makes for great photos. I came here at 9am to tour the castle and highly recommend paying the entrance fee to visit. Visiting the main keep was amazing, the size of the castle was impressive and seeing the inside was very neat. Not a whole lot of decorations or anything, actually there is nothing inside the castle, but the wood work inside is nice. After viewing the main keep, head toward the long hall to see more of the castle and grounds. You can easily spend a few hours here. When getting your ticket you can do a combination ticket for the gardens next door, it's an extra 50 yen, so well worth seeing both the castle and the gardens.
Written October 26, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore118 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
It was already awesome looking the time we came out of the station. The walk on the road to Himeji castle from the station was about 15 mins or 20 mins slow walk. Along the road you can find lots of yummy food like the udon, ramen, gyoza and shopping streets, so it’s never boring to walk. Posted on the food in a separate post.

In the himeji castle compound there was a small zoo which we didn’t go as that was not the highlight. Besides the castle, there are other structural compound at the site that u can visit first if the castle gets crowded.

The stairway within the castle and buildings are steep, so if you are bringing young kids or elderly, it may be a challenge if you decide to go all the way up to the top of the castle. See one of the photo. For tall folks, be aware of your head as the beam at the entrance/exit of the stairway may be too low for u.

Everyone will have to change to their slippers. They have it in big, medium and kids size. As I have slim feet, the slippers keeps falling off so for safety reasons, i walked bare footed while climbing up and down the stairs. I do see some kids having the slippers falling off too.

At the top of the castle , the windows are with bars so it was hard taking gd views at the top. Anyhow, if u hv experienced a castle in japan before, the interior is more or less the same I guess.

Another thing my sis noticed while going up and down the castle was that it was slighted slanted to one side which was true when we read one of the narratives. We went in winter and it was awesome already. Can’t imagine when it’s during cherry blossom. But still I prefer lesser crowd.
Written March 6, 2020
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Surrey, UK388 contributions
Nov 2019
Claimed to be the most beautiful castle in Japan, it really is stunningly beautiful on a sunny day with a blue sky background. The inside visit was disappointing: there are very little artefacts and furniture inside, and the inevitable crowds make it all rather fraught as you shuffle round, up steep and slippery wooden stairs into the narrowing floors as you go to the top, then back down again for relief from the confined and crowded spaces. Don't miss the adjacent Kokoen gardens, which are a blaze of colours in the autumn.
Written January 6, 2020
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