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Himeji Castle, Himeji

A World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle represents the largest structure of its kind in Japan. Constructed in the 14th century, the grandiose castle underwent several major reconstructions since then, surviving two scheduled demolitions, the 1945 bombings, and an earthquake. Admire the imposing structure from the outside, or roam the well-kept interior and labyrinthine garden paths. Put Himeji Castle into our Himeji road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Stopped here for a half day on the journey from Kyoto to Hiroshima - well worth the trip You can see the castle from the train as you arrive in the town , the view is quite spectacular and the Castle ...  more »
  • Its very organized castle for tourists. It worths to pay to get into the castle. Well signed and route to walk all the way to the top. There are lots of interesting details in the building. All the ro...  more »
  • We were fortunate to have such a beautiful autumn day for our visit and that a large pottery show was taking place near the castle at the same time. On the other hand, the crowds were challenging to d...  more »
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  • One of the most stunning castle in Japan. It is a must to visit. Here you can see how the castles are build and gives you an good view to the Shogun age. I was two times there and still loved it. It's so rich. At the entrance there are guides to help you understand the castle. It is worth going with them on a tour.
  • Amazing place! Highly recommended!! Himeji is a nice and relatively quiet town and the castle is beautiful so it's definitely worth the travel. The castle is located about 20 minutes walk away from the Himeji station but its very straight forward and you can see the castle all the way from the station so I recommend walking there instead of catching the bus. They sell a combined ticket for entry to the castle and entry to the garden next to it which is definitely worth seeing as well so I highly recommend the combined ticket.
  • Super awesome and imposing castle! You get to go all the way to the top, which is very fun because you realize how hard it must have been to attack this place! Special tip: the Himeji Castle consistently tops the rankings, but I definitely wouldn't miss out on the Osaka castle. Even though it's smaller than the one in Himeji, the colors of the Osaka Castle and the amazing garden around it make it a priceless visit. I traveled to both the Himeji and Osaka castles on the same day and it was totally worth it. Great plan if you have the JR Pass!
  • We got to Himeji around 4:30 pm and checked into our hotel but Himeji castle was on our itinerary and we were told the castle top floor access closes at 5pm. We got on a cab and dashed there. 4:45 pm, we walked into the premises and realised the ticketing booth was past the park. We ran all the way to the ticketing both from the gate entrance and the staff were polite enough to let us in after watching 9 people running up the park. The trek upstairs is quite a work out (watch your head) and the castle is really a great piece of engineering. The view at the top is magnificent. Worth the stairs. The staff were kind enough to close only after we had been to the top and taken pictures. I'll never forget Himeji. You must go if you can.
  • Amazing place. Extensive access allowed outside and in, the interiors have great displays in Japanese and English including augmented reality and information available with QR Reader (make sure your data plan is roaming friendly if visiting from overseas). Loads of guides / assistants stationed throughout whom are more than willing to help out, it's a definite highlight of a trip to Japan.

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Where to stay in Himeji

The UNESCO-protected castle brings plenty of visitors to Himeji, so the quiet city possesses enough accommodations to be able to suit their eclectic tastes and diverse budgets. Located in clusters among the main commercial squares close to the train station, you'll find the main hotels, including budget and luxury options. Look to the side streets of this central district for a fair selection of hostels and guesthouses. The high speed train service connecting Himeji to Osaka and Kyoto means that many visitors choose to visit during a day trip from one of these large cities.
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