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Himeji Castle

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-285-1146
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Reviewed yesterday

There's really nothing much at Himeji except for the castle, but is it worth it? Well, you just cannot miss this marvelous castle. And while it is pretty expensive to enter (JPY1000), it was pretty much worth it cause you can actually take photos inside....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank justinkan
Reviewed 2 days ago

The castle was REALLY INTERESTING simply because of the fact that it is one of the most-preserved ones. The structure inside looks the same as it does in the past, thereby making Osaka Castle (with aircon and modern facilities inside) or Nagoya Castle pale in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sueq51
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The exterior of the castle is amazing, and the gardens seemed to be too (was raining when we went so didn't spend much time). When we got inside, the interior of the castle was bare, dark, and didn't have a heap going on. Would definitely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jayordan280494
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were so fortunate to see castle on the day they started offering English guided tour. Without a guide, we would have missed a lot of interesting details and history. There are a hundred visitors who go through here at a time and have to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Boogalie
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The highlight of the castle would be when we took off our shoes and walked on the exact ground that the historical figures have walked on before. This was the first place I've been to that has allowed us to do this, and it was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lamyankay
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great little town that we really enjoyed! The castle and it’s construction is seriously impressive. White Heron Castle Great views from up the top! Download a scanning app on to your phone so that you can get a link to some of the displays shown...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roara74
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating original Japanese castle. Sympathetically restored a few years ago. Quite a climb up the inside but definitely worthwhile. Extensive grounds and it’s also worth going to the gardens next door

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank W9829ZGdavids
Reviewed 1 week ago

Personally, I love to see Himeji castle in the morning sunshine. Night time is also very fantastic. Of course, if you would like to go inside the castle, you need to visit day time. 太陽に包まれた朝の姫路城は美しい。 ライトアップされた夜の姫路城もまた乙。 勿論中に入る事ができるのは日中だけです。

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ttripper0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reason we chose to visit Himeji Castle was because we read that it was the best castle to visit. The castle is beautiful, but it is empty. Walking all the way to the top was great experience but there was nothing to see in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank noncorteccia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle with its brilliant white exterior is very striking in appearance. It is the top attraction in Himeji and you can walk up to it from the station though we took the bus There are huge castle grounds from where you can get various...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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25 September 2018|
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Response from T8875VUmarks | Reviewed this property |
Depends what time you are there to get in really I was there exactly on opening time also Saturday morning and I didn’t Q but later when I was going out about 2 hours the tours were arriving so my suggestion get there early... More
16 September 2018|
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You can see moats and outer baileys of the castle at any time, but gates close at 5 pm.
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Response from Duperman | Reviewed this property |
All necessary advice has already been dished. Allow me to share one more - travel light to Himeji. There is a need to take off your shoes & climb several flights of steps - so make sure you arrived prepared for the task.