Himeji Travel Guide

  • City Overview
    by Ewingjr98
  • Himeji
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  • Himeji Castle
    Himeji Castle
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Himeji Things to Do

  • Himeji Castle

    The main keep of Himeji castle, also called the donjon, was one of the first buildings constructed at the modern castle in 1601. The structure, he inner and most well defended part of the castle, was built by Terumasa Ikeda, as an expansion of an earlier 3-story donjon. The massive wooden pillars that support the tower include a beam from an...

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  • Koko-en Garden

    Just to the left of the entrance to Himeji Castle is the Kokoen Garden. Although the garden has no real history (it was built in the 1990s), it features 9 different areas meant to represent different landscaping styles of the Edo Period. The first area is probably the nicest, with beautiful waterfalls and a large lake. Each of the nine areas are...

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  • City Overview

    The city of Himeji is most well known for its wonderfully preserved castle. The city itself has over 500,000 residents, a major Shinkansen station, and a bustling downtown area between the station and the castle. Other sites in Himeji include Kokoen Gardens, next to the castle, and Mount Shosha, where scenes from the movie, "The Last Samurai" were...

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  • Taiyo Koen (Taiyo Park)

    It is kind of funny place as you can see a lot of stone statues from all over the world. Of course they are imitations and minitures but you can experience "travel over the world" in one hour. There are the statue of Liberty, Moai, The great wall of China, Pyramid etc.....

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  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History

    The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History is quite a nice museum. The permanent exhibits feature replicas of all 12 original castles from throughout Japan, a nice recreation of a festival, Japanese toys and games from each decade, some historical artifacts, and more. It is fun, although the displays are not related much to Hyogo Prefecture, if that...

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  • Kobe -Day Trip

    During a recent trip between Tokyo and Hiroshima, we spent an afternoon on Himeji, then stopped at Kobe for the night before returning to Yokohama and Tokyo. We stayed at Hyogo Station, then spent a few hours wandering about Chinatown and Sannomiya areas the next morning before continuing on our journey. Chinatown, located just south of Motomachi...

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Himeji Hotels

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Himeji Restaurants

  • BaoBab

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We went to this place in April of 2008 following HeyWink's tip. It was a great place! A huge party had just cleared out and within minutes the place was spotless. It has a very cute Japanese-Hippy vibe and the food was delicious. The menu was in English and Japanese. We had Dal, Turmeric Rice, Naan with glistening black sesame seeds, and Thai Red...

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  • CoCo Curry

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Hirome Market Food Court - Closed

    Inside Hirome Market on the 2nd & 3rd floors is a food court. Hirome Market opened the end of April 2003 so it`s very new. There are many kinds of food to choose from: Japanese noodles (udon, soba, yakisoba...), Chinese (dumplings, ramen, veggie & meat dishes...), Indian (curry, nan, samosas..), Korean (bibimbap, Korean pancake, noodles...), &...

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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

  • Himeji Station

    Himeji Station opened in 1888. Unique for the era, the station was constructed at the edge of the old city walls, at the end of the town's main street. The Sanyo Shinkansen began operating through Himeji in 1972, drastically cutting the travel time between Himeji and Tokyo. Himeji station underwent renovations in the 2000s to elevate the tracks...

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  • Riding the Bullet - Shinkansen to Himeji

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line."...

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  • 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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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • 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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  • Coin 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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  • Tourist Information Center

    There is an information center right outside of JR Himeji Station central exit. Come here for information & maps of Himeji. Open daily 10am-3pm. English staff available at certain times of the day. 0792-85-3792 There is also an information office underneath the station at FESTA with museum brochures & more maps. This is a self-service office. Go...

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