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Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
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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 one attraction to see

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... read more

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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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244 reviews
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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 

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Thailand
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52 reviews
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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.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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20 reviews
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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 

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Padua, Italy
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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

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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.

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Herning, Denmark
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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.

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can get castled & shrined out in Japan however this is a good one. Not a reconstruct, good to see in cherry blossom time, lots of photo opps. Great displays inside , videos & costume & armour displays,can get busy with queues forming.

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