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Himeji

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The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site. Other landmarks of the feudal age in Himeji include traditional samurai districts, with the renovated homes and artfully arranged gardens adding to the historical core of the city, and a number of museums explaining their history, importance, and relevance to contemporary Japanese culture. The flat and relatively quiet city can be explored on foot, or by rented bicycle, with the topography and lack of traffic making sightseeing in Himeji a breeze. To plan Japan vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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Popular things to do in Himeji

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
Koko-en
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Shoshazan Engyoji
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Hiking Trail
Mt Shosha hiking
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Himeji

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Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden Okayama
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Ohara Museum of Art Kurashiki
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Kurashiki
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Otsuka Museum of Art Naruto
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Himeji

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Landmark
Otemae Street
3.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Nishi no Maru
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Safari
Himeji Central Park
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Landmark
Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Himeji

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Park
Himeji Park
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Sunken Garden, Castle Garden
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Himeyama Park
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Garden
Himeji Baraen
3.8
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Himeji

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Religious Site
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Site
Koyama Castle Ruins
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Bizenmaru
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Usukihachiman Shrine
3.8
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Himeji

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Theme Park
Taiyo Park
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Aquarium
Himeji City Aquarium
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Science Museum
Himeji Science Museum
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Beach
Matogata Beach
3.3
Duration: 4 hours

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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