Himeji Travel Guide

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Himeji Things to Do

  • Himeji Castle

    The main reason to visit Himeji is to see its stunningly beautiful castle. Himeji Castle is one of the best preserved castles in Japan. Himeji is known as a white egret or white heron castle due to its white walls. Himeji is one of the few Japanese castles to survive in something close to its original form. Unlike most Japanese castles, it has...

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  • Castle Grounds.

    It is possible to get very close to Himeji Castle without going inside. It is set in large open grounds which the public can enter free of charge. These grounds are filled with fruit trees and in spring when the cherry blossom is in flower the grounds are stunning. Many people go there with their large blue mats to have picnics and enjoy the cherry...

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  • Engyoji Temple

    Engyoji Temple is the name of the large temple complex that sits atop Mount Shosha. It is the 27th temple along the Saigoku 33 Temple Pilgrimage. The complex was built in 966 after the priest Shoku was said to have spoken to Monju (the God of Wisdom) and was told that anyone who ascends this mountain will be spiritually cleansed.The experience of...

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  • Himeji Castle still well worth a visit

    Himeji Castle still well worth a visitHimeji castle is under reconstruction until 2014. In summer 2011, visitors could view the extensive grounds and outer parts of the castle at a reduced entrance fee, good enough to go there. The "womens' quarters" give a good impression of the size of the outer castle and tell the romantic (sad) story of 17th...

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  • Exploring Himeji Castle

    Take your time to explore Himeji Castle. At the entrance, pay US$5.10 for entrance fee per person and make sure you get a leaflet. There's lotsa of interesting info that entails the castle history and architecture.Go from section to section so that you don't miss anything out. Pace yourself and drink loads of water as castle grounds is huge and...

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  • Himeji Castle

    Interesting. I guess if you want to see one castle, this is it. At least it's authentic. Better than the osaka castle, which was actually a museum with a castle-like exterior. See my page on Himeji on what to expect in the castle. Oh, and do prepare to do some climbing of steps after steps in the castle, and the long walk to the castle inner...

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Himeji Restaurants

  • Great Snacks

    Off the main street on the way from the train station to himeji castle, we turned left into a side street and found a tai yaki, a kind of pancake with red bean paste fillings that shapes like a fish, so we thought we should give it a try.And it turned out that it was Soooooo much better than Tai yaki found in the basement of department stores.I...

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  • Italian food plus goodies...

    I`ve been here a few times already & only for lunch. Their lunch set includes one of their dishes on their lunch menu, a choice of white rice or all you can eat bread/rolls, a choice of salad or soup (if you want both, its 200yen extra), & dessert. All for 1000yen!! I always choose a pasta but they have gratin, meat dishes, & pizza as well. My...

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  • Fast, cheap and delicious!

    If you like Japanese curry or would like to try it without spending a lot-this is the place. They have an English language menu. You choose the amount of rice (300g is usual), the type of sauce and toppings like fried garlic, corn or boiled egg. You can choose specials and can specify the hot-ness of your curry from 1 (mild) to 3 (pretty hot) to 5...

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Himeji Nightlife

  • English Service... :-)

    I was staying a couple of days in Himeji with my friend and we found out this new bar. The bartenders are from Europe, the other one's name was Frank, he was from Austria, and then there was Matthew from United Kingdom. They said there is also more European people working there. It's a simple small bar and it has a warm feeling. You can sing...

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  • Club Roxy Himeji

    This place is happening almost every night of the week. Great drink specials, even on Saturday. Dj's spin current hip-hop, rap, and even old school stuff. There is a great mixed crowd. The owner is almost always there, and he is a great guy. Happy hour is from 7:00pm til 9:00pm everyday, drinks are only 400 yen. At night women get in free before...

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  • Live Sports, food and drink

    The sports Bar is a great place to relax and enjoy good drink, good times and good people. Big screen tv and internet access Casual

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Himeji Transportation

  • Getting to Mount Shosha

    Although Himeji Castle tends to steal the spotlight from the city's other attractions, Engyoji Temple on Mount Shosha is less talked about but still quite popular and worth the trip to see!To get there, you have to take a bus to the Shosha Ropeway and then use the ropeway to reach the complex.The bus depot is located across from the station on the...

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  • Where to find the free rental bikes

    Free rental bikes can be asked from the tourist information desk at the north exit (towards the city centre and castle). They will give you tokens that you can exchange for the bike at an underground rental place, some 5 minutes walking along the main road from the JR station to the castle. True, then you are halfway the castle, but it is much more...

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  • Himeji Loop Bus

    The Loop Bus is very convenient for those who want to travel quickly and it only costs 100 yen per ride, so it's very affordable!The Loop Bus goes from Himeji Station and loops around the castle. There are stops near all of these sites:-Himeji Castle-Himeji City Zoo-Kokoen Garden-Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History-Himeji City Museum of...

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Himeji Shopping

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  • Looking for drinkable wine?

    Look for the shop with beautiful fruit in front and bottles on shelves along the right hand wall. The owner speaks some English and stocks Australian wines which (sorry Japan) are way more drinkable than any Japanese brands I've found so far. The shop is near to the main shopping street and only about 3 minutes from the JR station on the north...

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  • Bento Box

    You can get bento box almost anywhere including JR Station. However hold your temptation. If your intention to visit Himeji Castle and would love to buy your lunch or snack to enjoy the view I recommend Himeji Shopping Arcade. Varieties of beautiful bento box.How to get there? Walk out from the station and cross first traffic light and keep to...

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  • HIMEJI SOUVENIRS

    There are some souvenir shops on MIYUKIDORI (a shopping street north of the station) and you can buy some souvenirs in the dept stores. On the south side of the station there is a shop named BANSANKAN to the right of the station on the corner that sells Himeji goods (open daily from 9am-7pm). When coming to himeji you must try TAMATSUBAKI, a...

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Himeji Local Customs

  • Cherry blossom

    Although I visited in autumn I was amazed to see a cherry tree trying to blossom. Cherry blossom time in Japan is extremely popular and if you get the chance you should visit during that time. On TV you will not only see the weather forecast but also the cherry blossom forecast, so that you know exactly where to travel to see them. Cherry blossom...

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  • Bonsai trees

    When I visited Himeji there was a small exhibition of Bonsai trees on the big square by the castle. All over Japan you may see these miniature trees which get their branches chopped off in a special fashion. These trees get very old and can be extremely valuable.

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  • Walking their Prairie Dogs

    Not necessarily a cultural thing, but this was an interesting sight on the walk to Himeji Castle. Two guys were walking there dressed up prairie dogs (it wasn't even a street entertainer/peddling scheme either).

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Himeji Warnings and Dangers

  • Construction at Himeji.

    We were lucky to see Himeji before major construction work began there. This construction work is expected to continue until the end of March 2015. Parts of the castle are covered over with scaffolding. My photo is pre-construction.

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  • Spend 3 Long Hours to Go Around the...

    Yes, this is either a good advice or not-so-good situation to any tourist. Himeji Castle is just a castle, but it is a castle in its own right. There are so much to see and explore. You will spend so much time going around depending on your curiosity and interest. Prepare yourself for a minimum of an hour and a half to complete your tour. You need...

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  • Tiger Pub

    the Tiger PubI can't remember how many nights were spent here....Apart from the Peruvian place (I got into a fight with the owner's friends) it's Himeji's only foriegner bar. Aparently it's gone down hill in the last few years.Yayoi (one of the owners) is the only reason to go back.

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Himeji What to Pack

  • Don't pack an umbrella...

    It will probably rain if you are in Himeji in the spring and you will want an umbrella but I'd wait until you get there and buy one-there are adorable umbrellas in every color, size and pattern. They make a great souvenir too.

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  • WHAT TO BRING?

    Himeji is most likely to be a daytrip visit from the Kansai region. In which case a small day backpack will suffice. Himeji's weather is much the same as the rest of Japan. General rule of thumb, cold in winter, cool in autumn and spring and hot and humid in summer. Of course, rainy season (June/July) produces a lot of rain (as one would expect!)...

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Himeji Off The Beaten Path

  • Beautiful Onsen

    There is a beautiful, new public spa/hotsprings to visit in Himeji. It's called Akanenoyu and the sign has the symbol for hot water that looks a little like a fish. It is a beautiful place on the outskirts of the city (I think near the port but if you get in a cab and ask for Akanenoyu Onsen I think you'll get there).It has beautiful, light colored...

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  • Best Place for Cherry Blossom Viewing

    Most first time visitor will rush forward to area in Himeji Castle to catch best cherry blossom with the castle view. You will have to compete with the locals and other visitors in large groupin order to get best spot.However I found a better place to view of the castle and same time enjoy the gracious pinky colour trees. All you need to do: Once...

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  • Great view of the Inland Sea

    We spent a night in Shodoshima in a wonderful Ryokan, Tachebana Inn, right on the water. We took the ferry from Takematsu, and our son rented a car on the island.

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Himeji Sports & Outdoors

  • WHERE TO SWIM, SOAK & RELAX

    SWIMMING at the HOTEL SUN GARDEN HIMEJI!!I`ve swam in their pool many times & I highly recommend it! Their pool is not Olympic size but there is a retractable roof so that during the summertime they open the roof and you can feel the warmth of the sun!! There is also a sauna and jacuzzi next to the pool.The shower/bath area is typical Japanese...

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  • WANT TO BIKE AROUND HIMEJI??

    You can rent bicycles for free & ride around Himeji. Apply for one at the Tourist Information Center at JR Himeji Station, central gate. Fill in your name, address, age, telephone #, & take the rental slip to the cycle depot (Multi-story cycle parking east of the station OR Otemae Underground cycle parking). Bicycles can be rented between 9am-4pm &...

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  • Photographing Himeji Castle.

    Some sights are impossible to see well without paying an entry fee. Himeji Castle is not one of these. You can wander its grounds, photograph it and even venture onto some of its walls free of charge.

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  • CHERRY BLOSSOMS

    Inside the castle grounds are many cherry trees. When we toured Himeji castle the blossoms were just starting to show. This picture is one of my personal favourites.More Info: For a Virtual Tour of Himeji Castle click this link.

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  • LOCKERS

    There are coin lockers available at JR Himeji Station for your backpacks & bags, and maybe your suitcase if it`s not too wide. The largest lockers are located IN the station (after you enter the gates or before you exit) & close to the South exit gates or to the left wall after you exit JR Central gate. There are also some lockers to the right of...

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