Getting to Himeji

By shinkansen
  • 30 min
  • ¥3,500
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Osaka and Himeji are connected with each other by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi, Sakura and Hikari trains require about 30 minutes to reach Himeji Station from Shin-Osaka Station. The regular one way fare from Shin-Osaka to Himeji is around 3500 yen. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Sakura, Hikari and Kodama trains, but not on Nozomi trains. Meanwhile, the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass and several other regional rail passes by JR West are valid on all trains.

By local JR trains
  • 60 min
  • ¥1,520
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Direct JR special rapid trains (shin-kaisoku) take one hour and cost 1520 yen for the one way trip between Osaka (Osaka Station) and Himeji. There are departures roughly every 15 minutes. For visiting Himeji in a one day trip from Osaka using this train, the 1-Day JR Kansai Area Pass is a good deal.

By non-JR trains
  • 100 min
  • ¥1,320

Direct limited express trains from Hanshin's Osaka-Umeda Station to Sanyo-Himeji Station take 100 minutes and cost 1320 yen one way. Sanyo-Himeji Station is located near JR Himeji Station. While this route is slower than using JR, it is cheaper and fully covered by the Kansai Railway Pass.

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 15-20 minutes.

Sanyo-Himeji Station, served by Sanyo Railway, 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 and centered around 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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    • 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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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji
      Luxury
      Located in Himeji, 1.7 km from Himeji Castle, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji provides accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking and a restaurant. Located around 33 km from Omiya Hachiman Shrine, the hotel with free WiFi is also 33 km away from Miki History Museum. Guests can enjoy city views. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering 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. Speaking English, Japanese and Korean at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always at hand to help. Miki City Horimitsu Art Museum is 33 km from the accommodation, while Miki Municipal Hardware Museum is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 67 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji.
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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
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Richmond Hotel Himeji is situated in Himeji, 3.1 km from Himeji Castle and 33 km from Omiya Hachiman Shrine. 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. Miki Municipal Hardware Museum is 34 km away and The Ruins of Miki Castle is 34 km from the hotel. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also feature a city view. At Richmond Hotel Himeji the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Miki History Museum is 33 km from Richmond Hotel Himeji, while Miki City Horimitsu Art Museum is 34 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 67 km from the hotel.
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    • Tabist CapsuleHotel APODS Himeji Station
      Budget-friendly
      Set within 1.8 km of Himeji Castle and 33 km of Omiya Hachiman Shrine, Tabist CapsuleHotel APODS Himeji Station features rooms in Himeji. The property is around 33 km from Miki History Museum, 33 km from Miki City Horimitsu Art Museum and 33 km from Miki Municipal Hardware Museum. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The units at the capsule hotel come with a TV and a safety deposit box. At Tabist CapsuleHotel APODS Himeji Station all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. The Ruins of Miki Castle is 33 km from the accommodation, while Shonyu-ji Temple is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 66 km from Tabist CapsuleHotel APODS Himeji Station.
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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, 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 buffet breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant. 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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    • 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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    • APA Hotel Himeji-Eki-Kita
      Mid-range
      APA Hotel Himeji-eki-kita is conveniently located just a 6-minute walk from JR Himeji Train Station. It has a restaurant, massage services and well-equipped rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available in the whole hotel. It takes 15 minutes on foot from the hotel to Himeji Castle. Himeji Central Park is a 25-minute bus ride from Himeji-eki-kita APA Hotel. All rooms at the hotel feature both air conditioning and heating facilities. They are equipped with a 32-inch LCD TV, a fridge and a desk. The bathrooms come with a hairdryer and toiletries for guestsf convenience. Guests can enjoy a Japanese and Western breakfast buffet at Kyoto Gin Yuba Restaurant. The hotel has coin-operated laundry machines on site. Other facilities include vending machines as well as fax/photocopying services.
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    • JR CLEMENT INN HIMEJI
      Mid-range
      JR CLEMENT INN HIMEJI is located in Himeji, 2.7 km from Himeji Castle and 33 km from Omiya Hachiman Shrine. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At JR CLEMENT INN HIMEJI each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The reception at JR CLEMENT INN HIMEJI can provide tips on the area. Miki History Museum is 33 km from the hotel, while Miki City Horimitsu Art Museum is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 67 km from JR CLEMENT INN HIMEJI.
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