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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Himeji
Himeji Castle 
# 1   of 3 most visited
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Himeji Castle will be fully reopened on March 27, 2015

Himeji Castle (PH, Himejijō) is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle. Unlike many other Japanese castles, Himeji Castle was never destroyed in wars, earthquakes or fires and survives in its original form. It is both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Construction Notice: Major renovation works are being carried out on the castle keep's roof and walls from April 2010 until March 2015 (see photos of the current state). Below is a schedule of the renovation works and the effects they have on a visit to the castle:

The scaffold structure over the castle has already been removed, and the castle's main keep is visible again. However, further clean-up works around the keep and the removal of auxiliary structures required for the renovation works will continue into early 2015, during which time the interior of the castle keep will be off limits to visitors. The interior of the castle is scheduled to reopen on March 27, 2015.

Alternative castle destinations in the region

Alternative castle destinations during Himeji's renovation include Hikone Castle, not far from Kyoto. While its castle keep is much smaller than Himeji's, Hikone Castle is also original with a wooden interior, impressive walls and moats and an interesting approach. Another alternative is Osaka Castle, although its castle keep is a relatively recent concrete reconstruction with a modern museum inside.

Inside Himeji Castle

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How to get there
From Himeji Station, the castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute bus or taxi ride along the broad Otemae-dori Street, which leads straight from the station to the castle.

How to get to and around Himeji

Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from late April through August)
Admission into the inner castle grounds ends one hour before closing time.
Admission to the observation deck starts at 9:15 and ends 45 minutes before closing.
The observation deck will be open until January 15, 2014.
Closed:December 29 and 30
Admission:600 yen (reduced to 400 yen during the renovation until March 2015)
Observation platform: 200 yen

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Himeji Castle
Official website by Himeji City.

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