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How to travel between Himeji and Tokyo

By shinkansen

Tokyo and Himeji are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about three hours to reach Himeji Station from Tokyo, while direct Hikari trains require roughly 3.5 hours. The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Himeji is around 16,000 yen. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

By local trains

By local trains, the one way trip from Tokyo to Himeji takes about ten hours and typically involves at least four transfers of trains. The regular fare is a relatively expensive 10,010 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you can do the trip for as little as 2,410 yen.

By bus

Shinki Bus and Keio Bus operate night buses between Himeji (Himeji Station) and Tokyo (Shibuya Mark City, Shinjuku Bus Terminal). The one way fare is around 10,000 yen. Travel time is about 10 hours. Fares by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, start from around 6,000 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3,000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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 in front of JR Himeji Station. Shinki Bus number 8 provides easy access to Mount Shosha. The ten major prepaid IC cards and the local Nicopa card can be used to pay the fare on Shinki buses.

Hotels around Himeji

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    • Shironoshita Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Shironoshita Guesthouse offers accommodation in Himeji. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. Shironoshita Guesthouse features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV is offered. You will find a shared lounge at the property. Himeji Castle is 900 metres from Shironoshita Guesthouse, while Mt. Shosha Ropeway is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 66 km from Shironoshita Guesthouse.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji
      Luxury
      Located in Himeji, 2 km from Himeji Castle, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a fitness centre. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy city views. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Himeji City Aquarium is 2.9 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji, while Zenkyo-ji Temple is 7 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the hotel.
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    • OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Himeji within 1.9 km of Himeji Castle and 3.3 km of Himeji City Aquarium, OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae offers rooms with free WiFi. The property is around 6 km from Shikama-k?, 7 km from Zenkyo-ji Temple and 10 km from Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple. Attractions in the area include Mount Shosha Ropeway, 16 km away, or Seppiko Onsen, situated 28 km from the property. The rooms at the capsule hotel come with a TV and a safety deposit box. The units feature a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. The reception at OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae can provide tips on the area. Taiyo Park is 11 km from the accommodation, while Himeji Central Park is 13 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae.
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    • Hotel Monterey Himeji
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Monterey Himeji offers accommodation in Himeji. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Himeji Castle is 1.2 km from Hotel Monterey Himeji, while Shikama-k? is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 67 km from the property.
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    • Richmond Hotel Himeji
      Mid-range
      Situated in Himeji, 2.7 km from Himeji Castle, Richmond Hotel Himeji features views of the city. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Zenkyo-ji Temple, 8 km away, or Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple, set 10 km from the property. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The units have a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Himeji City Aquarium is 2 km from Richmond Hotel Himeji, while Shikama-k? is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the accommodation.
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    • Himeji 588 Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      Located on a lively traditional shopping arcade, Himeji 588 Guest House features affordable Japanese-style accommodations. Free WiFi is available and guests can watch DVDs on the flat-screen TV in the shared lounge. JR Himeji Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. Guest House Himeji 588 is a 5-minute walk from Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple is a 15-minute drive away. Guests can choose to stay in dormitory-style rooms or private rooms. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon bedding. Dormitory rooms are fitted with bunk beds. Bathrooms and toilets are shared for all rooms. Toiletries are offered for free and towels are available at an extra charge. Free coffee and tea are offered at 588 Himeji's shared lounge. A coin-launderette and luggage storage are available.
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    • Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Only a 3-minute walk from JR Himeji Station, Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring offers modern rooms with free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Guests can relax in the public hot-spring baths or request massages for an extra cost. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV, air humidifier, fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathrooms come with a shower, toilet, hairdryer and free toiletries. There is a sauna at this hotel where guests can relax from their travels. A coin-launderette is available at the hotel. Copy services and luggage storage are available at the front desk. Taxi arrangements can also be made at the reception. A semi-buffet breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant. Local menu items are also available upon request. Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring is a 20-minute walk from the world heritage site of Himeji Castle. Both Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple and Himeji Central Park are a 30-minute drive away from Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring. Guests can also take JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line to Kobe Station in 40 minutes or Super Hakuto 13 Limited ExpressTottori for 60 minutes to reach Osaka Station.
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    • Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Minami
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Minami is set in Himeji, 7 km from Zenkyo-ji Temple and 10 km from Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple. The property is around 2.4 km from Himeji Castle, 2.3 km from Himeji City Aquarium and 6 km from Shikama-k?. Local points of interest like Mount Shosha Ropeway and Seppiko Onsen are reachable within 16 km and 29 km, respectively. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Taiyo Park is 11 km from Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Min, while Himeji Central Park is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the accommodation.
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    • Comfort Hotel Himeji
      Mid-range
      An 8-minute walk from JR Himeji Train Station, Comfort Hotel Himeji features free WiFi and guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast. Massages can be requested for additional charge. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, a small fridge and an attached bathroom with toiletries. The Himeji Comfort Hotel provides a launderette, while the reception is staffed around the clock. Parking is available at a charge. A daily buffet with warm and cold dishes is available free of charge at the lounge space, between 06:30 and 09:30. Guests can enjoy a variety of fresh breads and other Western and Japanese breakfast foods. Hotel Comfort Himeji is a 15-minute walk from both Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden.
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    • Chisun Inn Himeji Yumesakibashi
      Mid-range
      Simply furnished rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and wood desk are provided at Chisun Sun Yumesakibashi, a 20-minute drive from Himeji Castle. A daily Japanese breakfast is offered. Guests at Chisun Inn Himeji Yumesakibashi can unwind with satellite channels or a video-on-demand movie. Slippers and a fridge are provided. The en suite bathroom includes a bath and amenities. Guests can choose from a selection of free amenities in the lobby. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from JR Himeji Train Station and a 20-minute drive from Himeji City Museum of Literature. It is 4 km from Himeji-Nishi Interchange (IC) on the Sanyo Expressway. Parking is free.
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