Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
News
-
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Himeji
Access and Orientation

jump to:   links

How to travel between Himeji and Kyoto

By shinkansen

Kyoto and Himeji are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 45 minutes to reach Himeji Station from Kyoto, while direct Hikari trains require roughly 55 minutes. The regular one way fare from Kyoto to Himeji is 4750 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 5270 yen for a reserved seat on Hikari trains and around 5590 yen for a reserved seat on Nozomi trains. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Sakura, Hikari and Kodama trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

By local JR trains

Direct JR special rapid trains (shin-kaisoku) take 90 minutes and cost 2270 yen for the one way trip between Kyoto and Himeji. There are departures roughly every 15 minutes. For visiting Himeji in a one day trip from Kyoto using this train, the 1-Day JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Area for 2060 yen is a good deal.

By non-JR trains

From central Kyoto (Shijo Street), take a Hankyu limited express to Hankyu Umeda Station (45 minutes, 400 Yen). Transfer to Hanshin Umeda Station (10 minute walk) and take a limited express train bound for Sanyo-Himeji Station (90 minutes, 1280 Yen). Sanyo-Himeji Station is located near JR Himeji Station. This route is slower than using JR, but it is cheaper and can be used by holders of Surutto Kansai tickets.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current Yen exchange rate, click here.
 

Orientation

The broad Otemae-dori Street leads straight from JR Himeji Station to Himeji Castle. You can walk from the station to the castle's entrance gate in about 15 to 20 minutes

Sanyo-Himeji Station, served by Sanyo Railways, is located just a short walk north of JR Himeji Station and provides direct train connections to/from Osaka's Hanshin Umeda Station.

Himeji is also covered by a dense bus network that is operated by Shinki Bus. Its main bus terminal is located just across the street from JR Himeji Station. Shinki Bus number 8 provides easy access to Mount Shosha. Icoca, Pitapa and the local Nicopa prepaid IC cards can be used to pay the fare on Shinki buses, but other IC cards (such as Suica or Pasmo) cannot be used.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

Advertisement

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

Japanese Links
Shinki Bus
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

Most Recent Autumn Color Report
November 21
Osaka
more reports...

News and Reports
November 14, 2014
Himeji Autumn Color Report
by schauwecker
April 13, 2014
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
November 29, 2012
Himeji Autumn Color Report
by schauwecker
April 14, 2012
Himeji Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker
March 28, 2011
Himeji Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker
Himeji Cherry Blossom Report
April 4, 2010
Himeji Cherry Blossom Report
March 26, 2010
Himeji Cherry Blossom Report
April 14, 2009
More reports...

Related Questions
Snow around Himeji Castle
 2 reactions, last updated 11 hours ago
Himeji castle
 1 reaction, last updated 12 days ago
Himeji
 5 reactions, last updated 40 days ago
Engyoji long walk from ropeway mount...
 2 reactions, last updated 41 days ago
Himeji castle reconstruction
 4 reactions, last updated 76 days ago
Himeji Castle
 4 reactions, last updated 99 days ago
Himeji Castle Status July 2014
 3 reactions, last updated 152 days ago
Himeji Castle exterior tour
 1 reaction, last updated 157 days ago
Himeji Castle October '14
 1 reaction, last updated 242 days ago
Himeji Castle in Spring 2014
 1 reaction, last updated 257 days ago
Himeji castle status
 8 reactions, last updated 404 days ago
Cheap eats Himeji
 1 reaction, last updated 464 days ago
Kobe-Himeji without JR Trains
 1 reaction, last updated 477 days ago
About Engyo-ji
 2 reactions, last updated 567 days ago
Best way to Himeji
 2 reactions, last updated 586 days ago
Cherry Blossom Event in Himeji
 1 reaction, last updated 604 days ago
Is the Himeji castle worth visiting?
 11 reactions, last updated 607 days ago
Himeji Castle under construction
 3 reactions, last updated 758 days ago
Himeji Castle - still open and worth a...
 2 reactions, last updated 759 days ago
Should we visit Himeji on autumn 2012?
 6 reactions, last updated 808 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: October 24, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising