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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Built in the beginning of the 17th century when Japan's unique castle...

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.

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Pretty much a must-see

Just what the title says, it's pretty much a must-see. Get there by train if you have a JR pass, then hop on a bus to get to the castle, it's a couple hundred yen apiece, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just what the title says, it's pretty much a must-see. Get there by train if you have a JR pass, then hop on a bus to get to the castle, it's a couple hundred yen apiece, but worth saving yourself the walk (you'll want to go to Shoshazan later in the day, and you'll walk around Himeji a lot, so... More 

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Shoreline
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198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I first visited Himeji in 1976, and came back again in 2016. It was a delight to revisit the memories of the first trip, and even better to see what a beautiful job has been done to restore it (the castle re-opened last year after a five year renovation). Japanese castles are a far cry from the brooding stone you... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

40 years ago? I think the castle itself has not changed, but the area, especially station, has been changed a lot, hasn't it? I'm very happy that you left a generous and honest comment. I apologize the incovenience you encountered because the number of tourists are increasing these days after last year's rennovation. Well, thank you very much for visiting... More 

Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It took about 2 hours to get to the city of Himeji from Kyoto but it was well worth the trip. As soon as you get out of the train station you are met with a view of the castle sitting high on a hill at the end of the street. You can walk or take a bus from the... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We do apprecaite your comment, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the castle and garden. As you mentioned, we prepare a brochure in 19 languages to welcome international tourists. In addition, free tour guides are available on the first-come-first-served basis, so one your next visit, you will explore the castle more deeply. Thank you very much for... More 

Joshua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Himeji Castle (aka the White Heron Castle) is a World Cultural Heritage Site National Treasure. It is about a 1/2 mile from the Shin Himeji train station. The grounds are large and there are tons of stairs up (6 floors) and lots of stairs down. Be prepared to get your work out for the day. It cost about $10... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We do appreciate your comment very much. As it's worth $10, on your next visit, you will get more satisfaction with extra 40cents to visit the garden adjacent to the castle and explore again with free English speaking tour guide. Thank you very much for your visit Himeji, and hope to see you again :-) More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Himeji and we obviously had to see the Castle and it was a pleasure to have come and visited the historic castle but oh my goodness, it has the steepest stairs I can remember, I hope you don't have bad knees and attempt to climb them. Plenty to learn and explore from bottom to top, you have... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

This castle is made for a fort and armor storage, so it's so much inhospitable, but enjoyable how the old Jananese Castle was. When you have a chance to visit Himeji Castle, try free English speaking tour guide. Thank you very much for visiting Himeji, and hope to see you again :-) More 

Umeå, Västerbottens Län, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The castle is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen but visiting it's inside (the keep) is like walking through an endless labyrinth for guineapigs. Like a punishment from an old greek tale... The construction is impressive but you see nothing else as there are no artifacts, old clothes, historical reconstructions or anything to see except guards with... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We do appreciate your honest comment. The castle was made for a fort and armour storage, so you felt like being in labyrinth. For security reasons, we move almost all the items from keeps to Best Bailey. We apologize for the lack of information to tell you that. Thank you for visiting Himeji, and hope to see you again at... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wen there at about 15:00 o'clock. No queue, no hustle. I finish the stairs to the top about 30 mins or bit more. During descending I saw people are lining up to get to the top, I guess I'm lucky. I've always pick my time whenever I can on the places that are notoriously pack with people. Either early... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourist Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We appreciate your comment. We are happy to hear that you didn't encounter the queue and meet our friendly staffs, and so much surprised that it was only 30 min. to climb up to the penthouse because it usually takes 1 hour for me to do so. When you have a chance to come to Himeji, please take 2hours to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've seen one Samurai Castle, you'll want to see them all. For me when I went this was a dream come true. However just like the saying goes: "you should never meet your idols". The big problem with this castle is it's popularity. It doesn't help that I went during golden week (Japan's biggest time for trips). If you... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you encountered golden-week-crowds. For preserving a castle, we restricted the number of visitors for 15,000 on the highest seasons. We do apologize you for the incovenience. Thank you very much for visiting Himeji, and hope to see you in the mild season :-) More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It can see from himeji station. very beutiful from far sight or even near. Climb up to the top is quite hard, elder people should be carefully

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We apologize for the incovenience to climb up the castle, and we do appreciate your warm understandings that there are no elevator or escalator to preservie a world heritage. Anyways, thank you very much for your visit to Himeji, and hope to see you in Spring when it's very much beautiful season with Sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom :-) More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds and architecture at Himeji Castle are amazing! The craftsmanship that went into constructing this place is beyond comprehension! The attention to detail is really worth the visit. I suggest going early, as this is a huge tourist attraction, and gets very crowded.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Specialist at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

We appreciate your comment that you enjoyed the castle site. Thank you very much for your visiting Himeji, and hope to see you again in the Spring season with sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom :-) More 

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