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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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68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whether it is the self-guided tour, or by a live guide, you should take the time to get one, as it exponentially enriches your experience of this beautiful castle!

Thank kanpaisan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Himeji castle is very beautiful. It can easily be incorporated into a half day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. I wouldn't personally go on a guided tour that is a full day here. You really only need 2-3 hours to walk from the station to...More

2  Thank Kenchenko8
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came to visit Himeji and the castle because it was part of the tour, but it is not worth the visit if you have to spend the whole day.

Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very beautiful castle, but you have to climb many steps to get in. It was so hot I could not reach to the top. But it worth a visit, even to see it from downstairs.

Thank anamaria67
Reviewed 1 week ago

The famous "UNESCO World Heritage Sites registered" Japanese castle is well repaired, kept, and worth visiting; however, there isn't any restaurants or cafes inside the castle area for keeping the national treasures safe and clean. The castle is surrounded by a big park which is...More

Thank IvanaChen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Himeji Castle is the most beautiful castle in all of Japan and most kept its original form. It worth the trip from Osaka via Bullet train. It can also be a convenient stop over from Osaka to Hiroshima.

Thank evaldez2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

i went to himeji castle for a day trip from kobe and it was in summer and it was so hot there were emergency announcements telling people to remember to drink water and wear hats so they wouldnt die from the heat. it was a...More

2  Thank tanja314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was raining on the day we visit which was a little unfortunate, and makes it little difficult to walk around. Also quite some small/high steps in the castle to get up and down.

Thank DHSTang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This castle is beautiful. Easy acces walking, by bus or by taxi from Shinkansen station. Met by volunteer English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable, fun and helpful. My 18 year old granddaughter loved the castle tour. This is a must see site in Japan.

1  Thank Eric K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the volunteering japanese local guiding assistance that would walk through the castle with us and explained all the fascinating historic design about the castle. If you want to tour in depth, please spare at least 2 hours to tour for some in-depth...More

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Fatima Z
30 July 2018|
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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.
Sharon G
21 July 2018|
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Response from jjdmcook | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t tip them anything, they are free guides and don’t expect a tip. Gushing over their wonderful English (Even if it’s not. It’s probably better than your Japanese) and thanking them for a great tour is plenty. Just... More
Sharon G
20 July 2018|
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Response from Live_Life_Each_Day | Reviewed this property |
You should allow about 2-3 hours, during busy times maybe even a bit longer if you want to really enjoy all the castle has to offer. There are also free local guides by the enterance offering to show you the castle and... More