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Himeji Castle, Himeji

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Castle Historic Site
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Himeji Castle by using our Himeji travel itinerary planner.
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  • The castle is wonderful as well as the city that it is built around it. Be prepared to do some walking though as the grounds are a bit sloped and full of stairs. You do have to remove your footwear be...  more »
  • Do climb to the top floor, it's a long slog but worth it. Impeccably preserved, with beautifully tended courtyards, it teaches a lot about Japanese architecture and military art.  more »
  • If you decide to visit Himeji Castle, remember to wear socks with padding on the bottom for traction. A climb up steep (slick) wooden stairs shoeless can be a little harrowing. You are made to take yo...  more »
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  • 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 tourist attraction. There is a reason they call this the most beautiful castle in Japan. Strongly recommend visiting! The castle is a relatively short walk from the train station, so quite accessible. The entree fee wasn't high from my recollection, probably similar to most places in Japan. Near the entrance there are vending machines for drink and icecream. On a hot day you want to bring some coins for this! You can take a set route through the castle, which will grant you beautiful shots and some history of the castle and the city if you are interested. At the end you'll go up the castle and then into the courtyard. Close to the castle is also a beautiful gardens which I strongly recommend visiting too if you have the time
  • 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.