Himeji CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +81-792851146
- Ticket Price: 1000 JPY
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Located in the Southern part of Hyogo is the beautiful city of Himeji with its spectacular buildings and breathtaking natural beauty. It is also the second largest city in Hyogo with cultural influences that are quite dynamic. If you are visiting Himeji, the first place you must go to is the Himeji Castle- its most popular tourist destination. Its importance can be understood by the fact that it was even secured as a world heritage site in 1993. The beautiful castle sits atop the Himeyama hill and is a prominent example of quintessential Japanese architecture with lovely pointed roof tops and heavy wooden interiors. Come to witness this national treasure which is also home to some other premier places like Shoshazan Engyoji and experience Japan in a way you have never done before! Ensure to visit at nights if you can, as the castle is famous for being an unforgettable sight after dark.
- Adults- 1000 yen
- Students- 300 yen
Group (30 persons and over)-
- Adults- 800 yen
- Student- 240 yen
Combined ticket for Himeji Castle & Kokoen Garden-
- Adults- 1040 yen
- Students- 260 yen
- Admission ends one hour before closing.
- By Car or Taxi.
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95% of people who visit Himeji include Himeji Castle in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
85.71% of people start their Himeji Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Himeji Castle
81.58% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Himeji Castle
Absolutely beautiful castle. The best views of the castle can be seen from the grounds, which are free. However, the views of the Town from up the castle are absolutely breathtaking too. Entry to the castle is not free. Worth the money. Very interesting to explore. Not suitable for anybody who cannot ascend staircases as the stairs in the castle are very steep and they are the only way up.
The castle is absolutely breathtaking. When you enter the grounds you have to make your way to the castle which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and stairways made of stone. Taking photos of the castle was so easy because every angle was beautiful. I was surprised you could actually go inside the castle. But be prepared for a lot of stairs as there are over 8 floors in the castle. Will definitely come back here if I ever get the chance.
We spent a day exploring Himeji Castle and the adjacent gardens. My words can't do it justice. An early start gave us lots of time to explore the bailey and outbuildings almost on our own. By the time we approached the main keep, there was a pretty steady flow of people - on a sunny Monday in early November. Every view in and of the castle is terrific. The gardens are just a few extra yen when added on to the castle and are delightful.
Beautiful castle from the outside, you can see it from the station and you can already clearly see that it's truly wondrous. HOWEVER I would never recommend to pay to go inside. It's dark, plain, no decorations whatsoever. Countless steep steps to see nothing exciting, my advice is to enjoy it from the outside!
I have visited more than ten castles in Japan, but here is the best. Outside is beautiful and polite, but inside is strongly wild and much with military perfume. You will learn genuine Japanese castle which is designed for battle, not for just to proud.