We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 79-285-1146
Website
Today
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 154.50*
and up
Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka
More Info
US$ 172.68*
and up
Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,158 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 645
    Excellent
  • 295
    Very good
  • 88
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
More wonderfully preserved history

A short train ride from Kyoto for us and a 20 minute walk and we were in the grounds of one of the three last remaining original castles in Japan. High on rock walls, inside the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
SouthOztraveller
,
Adelaide
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

3,158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,082: English reviews
Adelaide
Level Contributor
296 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A short train ride from Kyoto for us and a 20 minute walk and we were in the grounds of one of the three last remaining original castles in Japan. High on rock walls, inside the remnants of a moat, this magnificent example of timber construction is well worth a visit. More living history.

Helpful?
Thank SouthOztraveller
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Level Contributor
91 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited many other castles in Japan (Inuyama, Nagoya, Komaki, Osaka, Hiroshima), all of which had some kind of exhibits, photo corners, shops, educational displays, etc. (my favorite is Nagoya, which features a recreation of an Edo-era Street complete with sound effects). I'd visited Koko-en Gardens before the castle and had bought a combination ticket; I"m glad I did,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bundtlust
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It has been registered as one of the UNESCO world heritage site. The construction started back in 1300's but the current castle was rebuild back in 1700. It's well preserved and a lot to see inside as well as the outside of the castle.

Helpful?
Thank E K
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi EK, Thank you very much for your review. The castle remains original, and is the largest out of 12 remaining original ones in Japan. Have you tried our free English speaking tour guide? They help you much to explore details, and when you have a chance to come again, please try it. Well, thank you very much again for... More 

Boise, Idaho
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Himeji Castle is a beautiful place located on top of a hill overlooking the city of Himeji. This is a huge Castle with a nice walk to the top. It is amazing to see how solid and how well constructed this Castle is. You will be able to go to the highest floor of the castle by going up through... More 

Helpful?
Thank 284caroline
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi 284caroline, Thank you very much for your review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our treasure. Did you enjoy Kokoen Japanese Garden adjacent to the castle? You will be able to enjoy the garden with colorful carp and flowers especially in Spring or early summer, and autumn foliage in fall. When you have a chance to come and... More 

Tainan, Taiwan
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great days trip visiting the splendid Himeji castle. We were hoping for an English guide, however there were none available the day we visited. Shame we were really looking forward to a guide, still wondering around the castle ground was still very pleasant. I highly recommend visiting Himeji castle.

Helpful?
1 Thank Frankspank
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Frankspank, Thank you very much for your review. I'm sorry to hear that you cannot meet any English speaking guide on your visit. There are no so many, so sometimes tourists miss it. I hope you will meet the one or you can ask himejitourkashinoki (at) gmail (period) com if you have a chance to call again. However, I'm... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As you leave the station, you cannot miss Himeji Castle, perched on the hill like, as many say, a white egret. That sight alone is worth the trip. The grounds and exterior of the castle amidst cherry blossom are gorgeous... which is doubtless why so many tourists were here from all over Japan. It was very busy! We were among... More 

Helpful?
Thank Granny_Gertrude
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I'm very happy to hear that you visited us in the most beautiful season throughout the year, and 1000 Sakura trees might welcome you with full bloom :-) However, it is busiest season too though, but I believe it's worth the trip then even though a long queue. One thing you surprise me... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
202 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived in HK, and a friend rang me..did I want to go on a surprise trip toJapan with a coupla other mates? An affirmative answer saw me and ? & 3 others take off to Japan First day.. Himeji Castle.. a b...y long walk after a train ride! But a lot of walking through the guard house, and then thru... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank pieata
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our treasure, Himeji Castle on your surprise trip :-) It has been remaining original since constructed for 400 years. I apologize for you to let you encounter some difficulties like bare foot walking, steep stairs, narrow gates and so on, but I deeply appreciate your warm understanding for the preservation of the sites in order to... More 

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
72 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Japanese castles have long been mysterious and well-loved by both tourists and locals alike and Himeji is generally at the top of the list of castles, with good reason. Getting there from the station is not too difficult and the entrance to the grounds is ready to negotiate: the grounds are huge and there is a ton of space for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Christian G
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your reply. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the castle. When you have a chance to come, please be kindly advised to try our free English speaking tour guide to explore more details about the castle, and visit Kokoen Japanese Garden adjacent to the castle. Early April is recommended for Sakura cherry blossoms,... More 

Hong Kong
Level Contributor
47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji castle is one of the most important castle in Japan history and of course this is one of must visit castle in Japan nowadays. Very big and beautiful restore. Can spend a lot of time in here if you want.

Helpful?
Thank SallyCheung
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. The castle is very big and has a lot of things to see. Unfortunately, there are not enough exhibition inside the castle, but some inside Hyakken Roka Long Corridor at West Bailey. Also, free English speaking guide is available at the admission gate based on first come first served basis. Well, thank you... More 

Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
94 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The newly renovated castle was beautiful to photograph and enjoy. But don't expect too much when going inside the main keep. It's dark and there isn't much to actually see. In my opinion, not worth take your shoes off for. Other people might say differently.

Helpful?
Thank SandyTM
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi SandyTM, Thank you for posting your review. I apologize for the lack of information to tell you the details. Our special English speaking tour guides compensate it but it is no enough. Your opinion is also important for us to improve things how we satisfy our customers. Again, I really appreciate you posted your review. Well, thank you very... More 

Travellers who viewed Himeji Castle also viewed

Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
 
Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
 

Been to Himeji Castle? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Himeji Castle and other visitors
30 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (30)

Questions? Get answers from Himeji Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?