Jan 24, 2024 281 views

9 Best Places to See Himeji Castle|Get the perfect shoot with cherry blossoms or the replica of the killer whale, etc

Himeji Castle was the first castle in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most popular tourist attraction in Himeji City. Himeji Castle is called “White Egret Castle” because its beautiful white walls and towering main keep and three small towers look like an egret spreading its wings. Himeji Castle is beautiful from any angle. It also looks different depending on the time of day and the season. Please take your camera and visit the photo spots recommended by Himeji citizens. Try to get your own best shot of Himeji Castle.

1.San-no-maru Plaza in Himeji Castle

San-no-maru (Third Bailey) Plaza in Himeji Castle is a grassy plaza that opens right in front of you when you pass through the Ote-mon Gate (the Front Gate), the entrance to Himeji Castle. It is the most popular viewing spot for tourists, as the castle keep can be seen directly in front of it.

Another attraction is that you can see different views depending on the time of day you visit. You can see Himeji Castle dyed red by the setting sun, or lit up at night to see the gorgeous Himeji Castle. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom inside the castle, in fall, the leaves turn red, and in winter, Himeji Castle is beautiful with snowy scenery.

Inside the castle, visitors can see a maze of towers, gates, stone walls, and other features of Japanese castles, arranged around the castle tower.

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Address
68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
Business hours
Open 24 hours a day except during events
The toll gates in Himeji Castle are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:00 p.m. )
*Varies according to the season
Regular holiday
Dec 29th and 30th
Price
Adult: 1,000 yen
Elementary and junior high school student and high school student: 300 yen
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079-285-1146
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2.Shiromidai Park

Shiromidai Park is located southeast of Himeji Castle. It is about a 5-minute walk from Himeji Castle. The park is also famous for its replica of the killer whale on the castle tower of Himeji Castle. The angle of the castle between the killer whales is perfect for a commemorative photo!

It is also one of the “Ten Scenic Views of Himeji Castle”. This park is well known to locals but not so well known to tourists. It is a large park, so you can spend your time at leisure.

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Address
68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
Business hours
Open anytime
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No holidays
Price
Admission free
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079-284-5685
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3.Shirotopia Memorial Park

Shirotopia Memorial Park is located in the northern part of Himeji Castle. The park has an approximately 1.2 hectare grass plaza where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Himeji Castle and seasonal flowers and grasses. It is recommended for those who want to take their time and appreciate the beauty in a large park. Since it is located north of Himeji Castle, visitors can see Himeji Castle from behind. The view is different from that of Himeji Castle seen from the front.

The park is also famous for its buildings designed by world-famous architects. The “Senkantei,” a restroom and rest area, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. The building cost a large sum of money, and was initially talked about as a “100-million-yen restroom”.

The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History was also designed by Kenzo Tange. Himeji Castle, reflected in the glass cube-shaped building, is also a highlight.

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Address
68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
Business hours
Open anytime
Regular holiday
No holidays
Price
Admission free
TEL
079-284-5685
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4.Otokoyama Haisuichi Park

Otokoyama Haisuichi Park is located on a hilltop about 60 meters northwest of Himeji Castle. It is a popular view spot and has been selected as one of the “Ten Views of Himeji Castle World Heritage Site”*.

*Ten Views of Himeji Castle World Heritage were selected by the citizens of Himeji to commemorate the registration of Himeji Castle as a World Heritage site in 1993.

The park is located after climbing 198 steps in front of Otokoyama Himesen Tenmangu Shrine. The main keep and three sub-temples of Himeji castle can be seen in front of the park.

You can see not only the castle but also the city of Himeji. On the way up the mountain, you can visit Otokoyama Hachimangu Shrine and Otokoyama Senhime Tenmangu Shrine, and Mizuo Jinja Shrine at the foot of the mountain.

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    Address
    431-4, Yamanoi-cho, Himeji, Hyogo
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    5.Himeji City Zoo

    Himeji City Zoo is located inside Himeji Castle. The zoo was established in 1951 and has a long history.

    Adult admission is 210 yen and children’s admission is only 30 yen*! You can easily drop by after sightseeing at Himeji Castle. It is a place of relaxation not only for children but also for tourists and citizens of Himeji.

    *Admission fees will be changed from April 2024.

    There are several places in the park where you can take beautiful pictures of Himeji Castle. In April, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, you can see a collaboration of Himeji Castle, the bridge, and the cherry blossoms.

    If you proceed from the lawn in the center of the park toward the castle tower, you will find a viewpoint where you can see the “upside-down Himeji Castle” reflected on the water surface on a fine day. It is not well known, so you will be lucky if you can take a picture!

    In the park, visitors can see about 90 species of animals, including giraffes, hippopotamuses, meerkats, and capybaras.

    There is also a small amusement park, which attracts many families with children.

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    Address
    68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
    Business hours
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Admissions closed 4:30 p.m.)
    Regular holiday
    Dec. 29 to Jan. 1
    Price
    Adult: 210 yen *scheduled to be 250 yen from April 2024
    3 - 14 years old: 30yen *scheduled to be 50 yen from April 2024
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    079-284-3636
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    6.Himeji City Museum of Art

    The Himeji City Museum of Art is located northeast of Himeji Castle. The brick building was constructed in 1905. The building is registered national tangible cultural properties.

    The museum has three exhibition rooms where visitors can view swords and paintings from the Edo period and collections of modern and contemporary Japanese and European art. In the special exhibition rooms, four special exhibitions are held each year to introduce outstanding art from Japan and abroad from a variety of perspectives.

    The Collection Gallery introduces the museum’s collection with a variety of themes, including an annual exhibition of swords from the collection. The museum is always open to the public free of charge, so be sure to visit. More info >>

    In the museum garden, 12 works by French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle are on display. From the garden, visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of the sculptures, Himeji Castle, and the Himeji City Museum of Art, a building that evokes the modern era of Japan. At night, the illuminated Himeji Castle and the museum offer a different view.

    The museum store sells art goods, small Himeji leather goods, and works by local artists. At the café, visitors can take a break while enjoying “coffee” (420 yen), “soft ice cream” (330 yen), and “donuts” (150 yen).

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    Address
    68-25, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
    Business hours
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Admissions closed 4:30 p.m.)
    Regular holiday
    Monday (or the following day if a public holiday), Year-end and New Year holidays
    Price
    Adult: 210 yen
    University student and high school student: 150 yen
    Elementary and junior high school student: 100 yen
    *University and high school students must show student ID
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    079-222-2288
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    7.Rooftop Observation Deck of Egret Himeji

    Located in Otemae Park to the south of Himeji Castle, Egret Himeji is a complex facility that includes the International Exchange Center, which provides support and information for foreign residents in Japan, Aimesse Hall, which holds various events, and a variety of restaurants and other tenants.

    The rooftop observation deck on the 5th floor is a rooftop observation deck with free admission. It offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Himeji Castle and the surrounding castle town. The unobstructed view makes it perfect for taking pictures! On a fine day, it is recommended to take out some bread or sweets from the shopping arcade and take a break while enjoying the spectacular view.

    Don’t worry if the weather is bad. The building is entirely made of glass, so you can see Himeji Castle up close even on a rainy day. If you go up to the fourth floor, you can view the castle from the same perspective as Himeji Castle.

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    Address
    68, Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo
    Business hours
    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Rooftop closes at 6:00 p.m.
    Regular holiday
    No holidays
    Price
    Admission free
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    079-289-3443 
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    8.Rooftop Plaza of piole Himeji

    Rooftop Plaza of piole Himeji is a shopping center directly connected to JR Himeji Station. From the north deck of the Rooftop Plaza of piole Himeji, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Otemae-dori Avenue and Himeji Castle. The view from 34 meters above ground is spectacular.

    The plaza has a park-like atmosphere surrounded by plants, where you can take a break and relax.

    From the south deck, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Shinkansen bullet train running through JR Himeji Station. Enjoy the view spread out before you while feeling the pleasant breeze.

    Himeji Romance Assortment by Goso Monaka Honpo 1,339 yen (6 pieces)

    At the Souvenir Hall, “piole omiyage-kan,” located on the south side of the central ticket gate of JR Himeji Station, you can eat Himeji’s famous gourmet foods such as “Eki-soba” and “Himeji Oden”. You can also buy souvenirs of Himeji’s specialties. We recommend the “Monaka,” a Himeji Castle-shaped monaka. The set includes a Himeji Castle-shaped monaka and a dorayaki (dorayaki cake) that is made in the image of Himeji Castle’s stonewalls, making it a perfect souvenir of Himeji.

    Junmai Daiginjo “Aonomu” by Yaegaki 2,970 yen (720 ml)

    Sake from a sake brewery in Himeji is also recommended. Junmai Daiginjo Aononashi” is a junmai daiginjo sake brewed with the sake rice brands Yamadanishiki and Gohyakumangoku. It is characterized by its gorgeous aroma and mild taste.

    English, Chinese, and Thai souvenir leaflets are available, so feel free to enjoy shopping.

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    Address
    188-1, Ekimae-cho, Himeji, Hyogo
    Business hours
    piole Himeji 1: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    *1st basement floor: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    piole Himeji 2: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    piole Himeji 3: Each shop has its own hours
    piole Gochiso-kan: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    piole Omiyage-kan: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    ※Some stores have different business hours
    Regular holiday
    piole Himeji 1,2,3: Dec. 31, Jan. 1
    piole Gochiso-kan, piole Omiyage-kan: Jan. 1
    Price
    Admission free
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    TEL
    079-226-0123
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    9.Castle View (Viewing Deck at Himeji Station Square)

    Castle View, Viewing Deck at Himeji Station Square is located at the North Exit of JR Himeji Station.

    Going up to the second floor, you can enjoy a panoramic view from “Otemae-dori” to Himeji Castle.

    The observation deck is designed in the image of the gate of Himeji Castle and is made of cedar wood from Himeji City. At night, the floor is illuminated. It is inspired by the “bonfire” (an iron basket supported by three legs and lit by fire) that was set up in Japan in the olden days to guard the castle at night.

    The design is intended to make Himeji Castle look like a single framed painting when viewed from behind the Castle View. It is recommended that you take your time to enjoy the view and take pictures since there are few people and it is not crowded.

    In winter, the illumination is turned on, creating a fantastic sight.

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      Address
      Ekimae-cho, Himeji, Hyogo
      Business hours
      Open anytime
      Regular holiday
      No holidays
      Price
      Admission free
      TEL
      079-221-2597

      This article is current as of Jan 22, 2024. It may differ from the latest information.

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