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Things to Do in Himeji

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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia708 contributions
    This is also known as the White Heron Castle and considered Japan's most spectacular. It comprises 83 buildings and dates from the Shogun period. I personally found this my favourite castle. It is impressive, elegant and unique especially the six story wooden structure. The open field is great for photo opportunities. If you visit the main building, there are steep stairs ascending the floors which are mostly unfurnished and only a few have displays. We visited right at the beginning of Covid in March 2020 so there were very few tourists. From Himeji station, it is about 15 mins walk. Do not miss this when visiting Japan.
    Written April 16, 2022
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,765 contributions
    Such an incredible area. I visited Shoshazan Engyohi with the intent on hiking up here. I took the trail from the parking lot near the tramway and it took 30 minutes to hike to the top. The trail was pretty easy and well maintained, I even came here while it was pouring rain all day. Once you get to the entrance, there is a fee and then another 10-15 minute walk until you reach the first temple. Along the path there are several statues to look at. There really is no right way to explore the area as the temples and structures are scattered around the mountain top. All the temples are gorgeous especially how they are tucked away into the forest. Several buildings allow visitors to enter, remember to take your shoes off. This place is definitely magical and well worth a visit, I can see why films are shot here, it appears to be Japan as it once was before technology. Highly Recommended!
    Written October 28, 2020
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,765 contributions
    Make sure to get the combination ticket for both Koko-en and the castle, it is well worth the extra 50 yen and both attractions are highly worth visiting. I came to the gardens after the castle and really enjoyed the gardens. The layout was nicely done and the grounds were beautiful. I liked the different types of gardens throughout the park and of course the koi fish. The gardens are pretty relaxing, so take your time and enjoy.
    Written October 26, 2020
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  • Fanazmi
    Singapore, Singapore181 contributions
    Got the package deal from the bus terminal office which includes the bus ride to and fro, plus the Ropeway rides.

    Nice views from the cabin, depending on the weather for the day. It's a relatively short duration ride. About 5 minutes or so.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,765 contributions
    I hiked up to Mt Shosha from the parking lot near the rope-way. The hike only took about 30 minutes to the ticket window. Once you pay the entrance you are free to wander the hilltop. You do have to walk like 10-15 minutes after the gate to actually get to where the temples are, but the trail is full of statues and great scenery. When I was here it unfortunately poured rain the whole time, but it added to the experience. The temples around Mt Shosha are impressive, I can see why filming has been done here as it is untouched by the modern world. Many of the temples can be accessed, don't forget to take your shoes off. The whole area is worth exploring as there are temples, statues, and other structures scattered around the top, so take your time and enjoy the beauty and history.
    Written October 27, 2020
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  • Clara N
    Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
    I chance upon this park on the internet when searching for attractions in Himeji. It is not very accessible and so we drove there. It is a very fun and educational park for kids. We went to there with 3 young kids and we spent almost the whole day there. There are 2 areas to the park, the castle area and the outdoor stone area (which has most of the attractions). The castle is beautiful and grand and a monorail will take you up the hill to the castle. The view from the castle is nice. Most part of the attractions within the castle is 3-D image museum like the Trick Eye Museum and Alive Museum in Singapore. It is a little disappointing as we are expecting something more grand and magnificent from the look of the exterior of the castle. But nevertheless, the kids had fun posing for pictures. Visit can be done within an hour. Lunch is available at a restaurant on the second floor of the main building at the entrance. The food is great and good serving portion.

    The outdoor stone area of the park is much more fun and the entire area is very big. We spent almost 3 hours there, climbing all the way along the "Great Wall of China" to the peak where the Twin Pagodas are located. There is a replica of the Terracottas Army site from China, although not as big as the real one, but it is magnificent enough for us. There are quite a few other attractions like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Paris’ Arc De Triomphe, the Incan Sun Pyramid, Tiananmen etc. There are many stone statues along the park including the Statue of Liberty and the Merlion.

    Will rate as 5 Stars if the interior of the castle is more interesting. But do visit if you have time to spare in Himeji.
    Written June 5, 2017
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  • Fanazmi
    Singapore, Singapore181 contributions
    The guides were very helpful and they speak good English. Shared discount coupons and deal available for tourists/visitors.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,765 contributions
    This is the main street in Himeji that links the train station with the famous Himeji Castle. It is neat to see the castle upon exiting the train station. As for the street itself, I found it to be clean but not a whole lot of shops that interested me. I prefer the arcade style streets on either side of Otemae Street. At night some of the lights around the road and train station are fun to look at, but the views of the castle are the main highlight.
    Written October 28, 2020
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  • Karen J
    Colorado Springs, CO308 contributions
    Our Manjiro Summit tour group had a great lunch here! The lunch was up a bunch of stairs. Take your shoes off first! After lunch, we had some samples of sake.
    Written July 5, 2019
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  • JulieAnn203
    Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
    We were staying in Himeji in Japan & had an unexpected free day, so decided to visit the Japan Toy Museum. It’s a few stations out of Himeji but the train journey is easy & takes you to a quaint village. While a little hard to find initially, the Museum is tucked at the back of the village about 15 min walk from the station, but the journey was worth every moment of our time. We discovered a marvellous collection of toys from around the world on display; antiques, retro, wooden, tin, plastic. So many toys to see & so many memories evoked! Truly a storehouse of childhood fun found here. Add it to your list!
    Written April 3, 2019
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  • Joy_Sinha
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,388 contributions
    The Nada Kenka festival is a very popular festival in Himeji City. It is the fighting festival at Matsubara Hachiman shrine.
    Festival is held sometime in October.
    One of the festival floats, pictorial descriptions are on display at the ground floor of JR Himeji shinkansen station. Very bright and colourful festival float.
    Written May 16, 2018
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  • Zettaijin
    Himeji, Japan11 contributions
    Goths aren't the only ones who can enjoy a stroll through a cemetery! Nagoyama is a pleasant little hill cemetery of the Buddhist faith which includes a rad little shrine on top.

    A great place for a hanami party! No jokes, it's rarely crowded and offers plenty of green space for your picnic purposes along with sakura trees.
    Written September 16, 2018
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  • TourismDr!
    Greensborough, Australia42 contributions
    This a a great spot for the typical castle picture. I prefer images of different angles, but the castle was made to be tricky to be seen for its original purpose- a garrison to protect those within!
    Written December 11, 2019
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