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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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Great place to visit.

I really liked visiting the castle, it is a beautiful place, and really let's you know more about the life in the previous Japanese empires. I'm impressed about the difference... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I really liked visiting the castle, it is a beautiful place, and really let's you know more about the life in the previous Japanese empires. I'm impressed about the difference from this castle to those in Europe, it's very interesting to view the contrasts.

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Thank Juan D
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Juan D, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the castle with the point of view of the contrast with other castles. Since Japanese castles are made for fortress or armor storage in case of war, feudal lords had never lived in the castle. Therefore, wooden structures are bare inside, and you... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I never leave reviews on anything, but I had to leave one so others do not waste three hours of their day in this queue. The price is still 1,000¥ per person and you spend hours in a queue being ushered to the top in very large crowds. There is absolutely nothing to look at inside the actual castle. I... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Chris C, Thank you very much for your review, and we apologize you to let you feel so unpleasant from the bottom of our hearts. Around March and April, lot's of visitors are coming to the castle, and it faces you to encounter the long queue to get into the Main Keep. We cannot help avoinding lots of visitors,... More 

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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great grounds and a lot of history to be learned. When we visited during a 3 day weekend, it was really busy though so we had to wait quite a while to enter the castle as they were regulating the amount of people to enter. Definitely worth the wait. Although I understand why, I was little disappointed we aren't... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Autumn P, Thank you very much for your review. Also, I apologize you to let you wait in a queue. In March and early April, lots of visitors are visiting us, and we have to limit the number inside the Main Keep for the security condition. Even though you faced that congestion, thank you very much for your evaluation.... More 

Toronto, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we stopped in Himeji on our way from Osaka to Hiroshima. Even though it was a bit of a hassle (we had all of our luggage and needed to pay quite a bit to store it), visiting Himeji castle was worth it. It is a beautiful castle and grounds, and really large. It may be a bit difficult to navigate... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Charwit, Thank you very much for your review. My foot is just 30cm and that slippers don't fit for me, so I always walk on bare foot. I apologize you to let you encounter the inconvenience, and tell this thing to the administrative office to improve it. Well, thank you again for your visit to Himeji, and hope to... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

1 hour away from Kyoto or 30 min from Osaka. From Himeji Train Station just follow the sign and keep heading straight. Very beautiful castle and park. At Sakura must be more beatiful. Absolutely worth to visit.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Henny H, Don't you have any chance to come to Himeji on 4/8? Sakura Festival will be held on that day. Though a lot of visitors and local people are coming and it's so crowded, it's really worth visiting. It's one of the best season. If not, please come back some day. Well, thank you very much for choosing... More 

Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful old feudal castle from old ages in Japan. Be sure to visit during cherry blossom time for best viewing!

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi ryushi, Thank you for choosing Himeji, and I hope you enjoyed exploring our treaure. When you have a chance to come, you must visit Sakura blooming season as you said. Thank you again, and hope to see you again :-) More 

Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The most important thing is not to believe GoogleMaps when it says this is 1.5hrs away from Osaka. The bullet train gets you there in 30-40. It is a ten minute walk from the station. We had a volunteer guide who helped us understand the construction and history. It was absolutely fascinating.

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Nancy882, Thank you very much for your review. Yes, it's less than 1 hour from Osaka Area to the castle by bullet train. I think Google offered you to use local train :-) And, I'm happy that you explored with our free English speaking tour guide. They are studying hard and keen to entertain tourists, so you must be... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Himeji Castle is an amazing site to see. Make sure to take photos as you approach the castle, as the interior tends to be dark and not conducive for photos. For 1000 yen, you are able to walk the corridors and rooms of the Castle, though it is empty - you won't see any furniture or objects. Signs with English... More 

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HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi wdcwrldtrvlr, Thank you very much for your review. The reason why it's empty is that Japanese castles are constructed for the fortress and armor storage. At the time of the war, the lord and samurai barricade themselves, so there are no decorations and chandelier, and bare structure is just in front of you. Thank you very much for your... More 

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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to a lot of castles around the world and this one is in my top 5. The entrance fee is only ¥1000 and if you want to go visit the garden as well its an extra ¥40 the way the tour is set up is really good its all one way so you cant get lost and... More 

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Thank Dylon S
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Dylon S, Thank you very much for your review. I'm very glad to hear proud of our treasure since you evaluated it in your top 5. And also, I want to hear our competitors from you :-) It's getting closer and closer to spring that is the loveliest season in Japan. When you or your friends have a chance... More 

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224 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can get a combination ticket to see both the grounds of the Himeji Castle and the Koko-En Garden which is not too far away for 1000 yen per adult. If you decide you don't want to go into Himeji Castle, then unfortunately that means you will not be able to see the grounds of the Castle at all. If... More 

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Thank Joyce T
HimejiJoe7, International Tourism Supervisor at Himeji Castle, responded to this review

Hi Joyce T, Thank you very much for your review. It's all true that you mentioned here, and I apologize that the castle has no furniture or exhibitions inside the keep. This is because the castle has been not the palace but the fortress, and there are no records showing the lord used to live. I hope you enjoy the... More 

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