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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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+81 79-285-1146
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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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A short walk from the train station. Left our luggage in a locker which was convenient as we were stopping for the day on the way elsewhere. We went around the grounds and then... read more

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A short walk from the train station. Left our luggage in a locker which was convenient as we were stopping for the day on the way elsewhere. We went around the grounds and then inside. Wasn't expecting much from this place other than good view of castle itself. The inside was quite interesting and listened in on some of the... More 

Thank Coldplay7450
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There's nothing else to see in Himeji to see other than The Castle. The outer garden and surroundings are more interesting than interiors. Yet somehow it's still worth paying 1000 JPY to get in.

Thank lisu83
Raleigh, North Carolina
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244 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So as castles go this one is not the most elaborate castle I've been to. However this is an enormous castle, and you can go all the way to the top 6th floor. There are not any decorated or furnished rooms, but it's state of repair is quite good. Besides the castle you can for an extra 40 Yen added... More 

Thank MacJoeFQV
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I met the cherry blossom in this Himeji Castle. It is very beautiful. I'm so excited. The first time I saw the Sakura Festival.

Thank Bigermomy
Antwerp, Belgium
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very beautiful castle! Lives up to its reputation! It's a short walk (about 15 minutes) from Himeji shinkansen station to the castle. Practically impossible to get lost too cause you can see it from the train already. You can take the big street or the parallel shopping street, both are a nice walk. We got really lucky sakura was still... More 

Thank Kris S
Padua, Italy
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a visit, is nice also by night so i recommend a night over on the road from osaka or kyoto to hiroshima

Thank beaming82
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's very majestic, beautiful castle, lives up to the hype. The climb up is hard though, you won't be able to do it if you have bum knees. Inside is completely empty so if you're looking for museums you're better off at Osaka Castle.

Thank leesensei
Herning, Denmark
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very beautifull Perfect for enjoying the cherry blossoms earli April. Not much to sene inside the main keep. Better to spend yor time on the outsider grounds.

Thank SWClausen
Binfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were travelling from Kyoto to Hiroshima and decided to break the journey at Himej to visit the castle. Previous reviews had mentioned that luggage could be left in the coin lockers. When we arrived at 10:50 all of the lockers in the station were in use. However we found more lockers outside the station. Exit the station via the... More 

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Sandweiler, Luxembourg
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104 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Superb renovated famous castle, interesting history well displayed in the corridors, submerge yourself in ancient times

Thank Marc S

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