Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, Himeji: Hours, Address, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History Reviews: 3.5/5

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
3.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tours and Tickets


3.5
51 reviews
Excellent
6
Very good
31
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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2torontotraveller
Toronto, Canada1,953 contributions
Worthwhile Museum
May 2019 • Solo
I went to this museum as I did not plan to go into the Himeji Castle itself. This was because I was worried about the stairs that I would need to climb and we had a late start. This museum also has a good viewing window of the Castle itself. It is 200 yen to go to this museum if you wish to see all of the exhibitions.

You can get to this museum easily by using the HOHO bus that loops around all the sights associated with the Himeji Castle.

I enjoyed the scale models of many of the Japanese castles. I had been to the Matsue castle and I was surprised that this one was so much larger than that one. Matsue had been enough of a challenge for the stairs I needed to climb.
Written July 31, 2019
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B T
London, UK705 contributions
Small, little English information
Apr 2019 • Solo
There are some exhibitions on the first floor which are free of charge and others upstairs that you pay to go in. The exhibitions in the free part were small, and all in Japanese. There was just a film, something for kids to dress up in, and a small room on the area's history which was mainly models of the castle and other famous buildings in the area.
Written April 21, 2019
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,553 contributions
Worth a visit
Mar 2019 • Couples
The History museum has two parts; one which is free and one that you pay for. The free part is very basic and not worth going to see but the main part of the museum is definitely worth visiting.
Written March 12, 2019
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swexplorers2018
Heywood, Australia64 contributions
Surprised
Jul 2018 • Couples
due to the excessive rain, we decided to stop in at the museum for a dry activity and were pleasantly surprised with the displays many of which included english descriptions. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. If you are catching the sightseeing bus make sure you don't miss the stop - they drive quite fast and it's easy to miss, then you have to walk back a fair way. We could see some lovely garden surrounding the museum, but it was too wet to explore. The museum has a small cafe with very friendly staff. It was a very pleasant interlude on a rainy day.
Written July 19, 2018
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henrivantilburg
Amsterdam, The Netherlands280 contributions
Nice museum
May 2016 • Solo
Nice museum. No western tourists when I was there. Quiet museum with different exhibitions. Including about festivals and children's toys.
Written May 29, 2016
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travelphysics
Vienna, Austria82 contributions
very interesting museum with extremely nice and helpful stuff
Jan 2015
Diretcly after entering the museum two people came and offered help (one volunteer and an employee). As most of the signs are only written in japanse, the gave me a personal tour. It was very impressive to me. I totally recommend this museum and thank the curator for doing such a good job (exhibitions and people).
Written December 24, 2015
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Bomoh
Mount Gambier, Australia684 contributions
Kimono special treat
Dec 2015 • Family
We didn't go the castle as the queue was long and the entrance fee steep just because Tom cruise once made a film there. We went the history museum instead for one fifth of the price and they have lots of information and models of the castle plus my wife was chosen to be dressed in a court kimono. Wonderful experience.
Written December 18, 2015
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Freya C
Melbourne, Australia468 contributions
Model Himeji Castle and a 12 layer kimono (junihitoe)
Apr 2015 • Couples
this is a wonderful museum, with amazingly intricate models or not only Himeji castles, but the 12 other remaining castle towers across Japan. Best of all, there are English descriptions so that you can really learn about the castles. We went the day before we went to Himeji Castle, which gave us some pre-knowledge of the castle's history.
There is also an amazing room set up for the festivals celebrated in Hyogo Prefecture, including real festival costumes and festival floats. The video playing shows the festivals in action. There is a children's museum, that shows toys from the Edo period on (though not as many Godzilla as I would've thought!)
On the ground floor is the free part of the museum, which has a history of Hyogo Prefecture and a library, a virtual history room with a film about the castle and in the lobby there is a giant satellite map laid into the floor of Japan at 1/12000 scale. It was really cool to see how far we had travelled around Japan so far!
There is also a replica Japanese style house exhibit, where three times a day they draw a lottery to dress a visitor up in either armor and a helmet or a junihitoe -a 12 layer kimono worn by ladies of the court.
I got to do this, it was amazing and so heavy! It weighs 20 kilos when you're in all 12 layers. Having the chance to do that in itself was worth visiting - a truly amazing thing for the museum to offer - it was such a beautiful kimono!
Museum is closed Mondays, unless National Public Holiday then it is closed the following day. Also closed Dec 29-Jan 3. Hours are 10am - 5pm, with last admission at 4.30.
When we went, admission was ¥210 (about $2.20 AUD)
Written April 29, 2015
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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM