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Himeji Castle

68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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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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“top floor” (73 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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"steep stairs"
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"under renovation"
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"top floor"
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"train station"
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"remove your shoes"
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"day trip"
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"white heron"
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"national treasure"
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"long corridor"
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"jr pass"
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"main building"
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"world heritage site"
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"wooden floors"
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Reviewed today

this white castle has an imposing location as soon as you step out of the station. We did the tour ourselves and moved along at a good pace. there are many steps to climb as you move up through the floors of the Keep and...More

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Reviewed yesterday

One of the most interesting castles I've seen in Japan. A lot of interesting information throughout the castle and various areas.

Thank HelloJapan
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Located on Himeji is this historical landscape. The conservation is impecable and has a lot of history. A must if you are around the Kobe area. Not recommended for persons with bad health since you have to climb a lot of stairs to get to...More

Thank Juan M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Himeji Castle is beautiful and well maintained in what is essentially its original condition. Although there is not a lot to see inside the castle, it is well worth the time to visit.

Thank Rod C
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is a large castle with a moth and walls protecting it. Well restaurated. Great pictures to be taken and interesting history behind this castle. Prepare to walk many steps in a warmth and humid close area if you want to claim to the top....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was planned by our travel agent and well worth the day trip on the train to get there. More gorgeous grounds and the castle is so well preserved. Get there early so you don't have to wait in long lines.

Thank Sus C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji Castle is a majestic and picturesque structure and definitely worth visiting if in Himeji. I had the privilege visiting as a guest of the City of Himeji and was treated to an outstanding guided tour. Our guide was enthusiastic, passionate and so willing to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji Castle is Japan's greatest castle, and following its long renovation, is now in superb condition. But don't expect suits of armour or even furniture, once inside all you see are blank rooms, which become increasingly smaller as you work your way to the top....More

2  Thank LucyKate
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to plan your journey as you visit Himeiji. Itineraries with castles – are no mean feat, as it means (i) significant traveling (train) time to Himeiji, (ii) significant walking time from the station to the castle, (iii) significant climbing time as castles are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a hectic itinerary that started in Kyushu and all the way to the northern tip of Honshu iso visiting just a castle in between took me sometime to decide. I was glad I did. Traveling between Hiroshima and Kobe, I decided to take...More

2  Thank Rito I A
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agcher53
19 July 2018|
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Response from kzokb | Reviewed this property |
There seems to be a volunteer guide facility in front of JR Himeji station. The website states that personal use is free. For details, please visit the website. "Himeji-kanko" "Himenomichi" Please search.
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Cees123
28 April 2018|
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Response from S G C | Reviewed this property |
I think the last entrance is 4pm which gives you an hour in the castle, I would certainly go towards the end of the day to avoid the crowds but perhaps give yourself more than an hour. I think its closing times are seasonal... More
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cwalts
25 March 2018|
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Response from Sameosht | Reviewed this property |
Somewhere between 150-300 steps is my guess
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