Spots in Himeji Area

  • Himeji Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    Also known as the White Heron Castle, this shining white castle is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Structures such as the castle tower built in the early Edo period still stand today, and these are also registered as National treasures and national Important Cultural Properties. One of the most prominent theories is that the castle was originally erected as a fort by Akamatsu Sadanori in 1346. Ikeda Terumasa began renovating the castle when he became the lord of the castle after the Battle of Sekigahara, expanding it into the expansive compound seen today. The castle tower is located in the southeast corner of the foundation. The castle looks to be composed of five tiers from the outside and internally is comprised of six floors above ground and one subterranean level. The castle shining a blinding white in the light of the sun is truly a beautiful sight.
  • Himeji City Zoo
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    3.0
    221 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This zoo is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. They have about 30 species, 150 and more of mammals, including elephants and giraffes, over 60 species and 200 of birds such as penguins and flamingos, and more than 10 types of reptiles. Visitors can interact with the animals twice a day in their Fureai Hiroba area. They also have over 10 attractions including a Ferris wheel and a monorail, as well as a room that exhibits taxidermy.

    Animals kept in appalling miserable conditions. So sad and cant believe Japan allows this. We left deeply upset.

  • Taiyo Park
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Uchikoshi 1342-6
    This theme park is in Uchikoshi, Himeji City. Here you can take in replicas of the Arc de Triomphe, Moai statues, 1,000 Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids, a two-thirds scale reproduction of Neuschwanstein Castle, and more. You can try your hand at sandblasting crafts or making mugs, and they rent traditional outfits from cultures around the world. Women can borrow them for free. Their Welcome House Swan facility has a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and more. Entry is free.

    Where we parked was next to a baseball field and on the opposite side of the road to the castle. The main park area was a few hundred meters further down the road. It was confusing and there seemed...

  • Yumenoi
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    3.5
    76 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Yumesakichoumaenoshou 187
    A hot spring hotel located in Maenosho, Yumesaki-cho, Himeji City. Facilities include the indoor Mantenboshi and outdoor Tenshu-no-Yu bathing areas, a medicinal bath, lie down bath, jet bath, micro bubble bath, carbonated bath, jacuzzi, and other baths, plus a sauna. Located on a hill, customers can also enjoy the bathhouse' sweeping view of the surrounding mountains. The hotel's bathhouse is also open to non-guests. The hotel's casual restaurant serves reasonably priced lunches, while its more formal restaurant offers a kaiseki course cuisine lunch (advance reservation required).

    There are quite a few onsen hotels in the area but I found Yumenoi a very nice hotel in the area. It is located up on the low hill over looking some beautiful farm lands. There are ample parking in...

  • Himeji City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68-25
    This art museum is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. It's housed in a red brick building that was constructed as an army warehouse during the Meiji period. Its collection consists of about 3,700 works from artists with ties to the region, as well as modern art from Japan and abroad. Their permanent exhibit in their Kunitomi Keizo Collection Room features Modern French paintings by Corot, Pizarro, Monet, Rouault, Matisse, and Utrillo. They also have a collection gallery, a sculpture garden, and they hold special and public exhibitions.

    Te permanent collection was not open to the public, so we just saw the temporary exhibition and I found it a bit too small. But the library which is on the right side after the ticket office its...

  • Himeji City Aquarium
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Nishinobusue Within 440 Teigarayama Chuo Park
    This aquarium is in Tegarayama Central Park in Nishinobusue, Himeji City. Its main building has marine life including sea turtles, penguins, and schools of pilchard, and its annex is home to an African spurred tortoise and freshwater fish. A stream on the roof of the main building lets kids interact with the fish, and a biotope reproduces a typical pond from the Harima region. They regularly offer staff commentary and hold sessions where you can feed the marine life too.

    Worth a visit if youre in Tegara, I suppose, but otherwise there is a better aquarium in Osaka. Its a relatively small and dull aquarium meant to entertain young kids. The fish you can see arent...

  • Takadanobaba
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This eatery is in front of Himeji Castle Ote-Mon Gate in Honmachi, Himeji City. They offer local Himeji cuisine including the down-home favorite Himeji Oden hot pot that comes as part of their Agehacho-gozen Japanese style meal sets. It has table seating for up to 100 guests, and tatami mat floor seating for up to 200. Along with their souvenir shop, it's great for sightseeing groups.

    The white building is a combined souvenir shop and restaurant. Additional restaurant seats are on the second floor. We arrived in Himeji from Kobe and decided to have an early lunch before touring...

  • Hiromine-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Hiromineyama 52
    This Shinto shrine at Mt. Hiromineyama in Himeji City was founded in 734 by Kibi no Makibi. It honors Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who is said to provide boons related to agriculture, production, auspicious dates, and marriage. It's also considered the main shrine of the deity Gozu Tenno. The main hall and hall of worship have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The shine's also known for its deep affiliation with the feudal lord Kuroda Kanbei.

    From the outside, it may look like any other shrine, however, theres a wooden building behind, where there is a wall with 12 holes representing different gods (somewhat like zodiac signs or 12...

  • Nadagiku Sake Brewery
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Tegara 1-121
    This sake brewery located in 1 Chome, Tegara, Himeji City was established in 1910. Their fine Nadagiku brew and other products are renowned at home and abroad. They make their sake with carefully selected brewing rice grown in the prefecture, including Hyogo Yumenishiki, a special product of Nishiharima. You can visit their wooden sake storehouse that remains as it was when the brewery was founded, as well as view brewing equipment and panel displays on the modern sake making process. They hold tastings in their shop, and have a restaurant, too.

    Our Manjiro Summit tour group had a great lunch here! The lunch was up a bunch of stairs. Take your shoes off first! After lunch, we had some samples of sake.

  • Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Tegara 93
    This botanical garden is located in Tegarayama Chuo Park. The greenhouses of two different sizes, you can see 25,000 flowers of 1,500 species in 120 families including tropical, subtropical and desert plants, with mainly cacti, orchids, begonias and carnivorous plants. In addition, there is a greenhouse just for fringed orchid, the flower of Himeji City, and it is a place where city residents come to relax and see flowers no matter the season. Various exhibitions are held in the brick plaza such as for Western orchids and begonias. In addition, you can enjoy a view overlooking Himeji City from the deck terrace. You can also spend time surrounded by flowers with a unique rock garden, herb garden and flowerbeds.

    I visited the Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Gardens with some friends in September 2015. The gardens are nice enough to walk around, a few rockeries too, and some statues and things. Great to get...

  • Gozasoro Factory Shop
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyogo Himeji-shi Abo Ko 611-1
    "This Japanese confectionery shop is located along Prefectural Route 402 in Abokabuto, Himeji City. At their factory adjacent shop, Gozasoro sells fresh ""Kaitenyaki"" (pastry similar to a filled, pressed pancake) among other sweets, like fresh red bean paste soft-serve ice cream. It is possible to tour the factory, check out displays on red beans at the ""Azuki Museum,"" as well as try different kinds of food made with red beans at the on-site restaurant."

    無料の工場があり参加しました。 アンコの製造ラインの見学のみでした。夏場は売上が減るらしく、それにともない生産量も減らすらしく朝一番の見学ではラインが稼働しきれていなくて全てを見るのは難しいらしいです。 工場見学がメインで訪れるなら出来れば2回目のコースに申し込みするか、夏場以外をオススメします。 出来立ての御座候は受注してからの本当の出来立てでサクサクした食感で美味しかったです。 これは他の店...

  • Himeji City Science Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Aoyama 1470-15
    "This science museum located in Aoyama, Himeji City has permanent exhibit themes titled ""Space,"" ""General Science,"" and ""Earth and Nature."" Its concept is to ""provide visitors with experiences they can't get elsewhere."" Exhibitions feature original displays and realia with scientific specimens, dioramas, and computer graphics. They also have large exhibits like their Jumbo Hot Air Balloon and their Foucault Pendulum, as well as a planetarium with a diameter of 27-meter dome. The museum holds science shows, special and planned exhibits, and other events."

    There is in the mountain with lake and dam. Traffic condition is too bad, maybe there are some bus route around here. There is no train station. Car is very convenient to go there. Enrtrance fee is...

  • Himeji Central Park
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Toyotomichou Kodani 1434
    This facility in Kodani, Toyotomi-cho, Himeji City is part safari park and part amusement park. Their safaris let you observe the animals from the car, on foot, and from gondolas. You can interact with the animals through various attractions, while feeding them, riding horses bareback, and more. The amusement park has a variety of attractions for families and kids, including their thrill rides and a Ferris wheel. They have a swimming pool available in summer and a skating rink that opens in winter.

    2018年秋に姫路セントラルパーク内にオープンした新しい施設。そこまで大きくはないですが、カピバラ専用のお風呂があったり、カピバラグッズを置いたお店があったり、何よりカピバラと触れ合えるのが素晴らしいです。2歳の娘もとっても喜んで、長い間カピバラをじーっと見たり、よしよししたりしていました。

  • Mt. Shosha
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Shosha
    "A 371-meter mountain located in Shosha, Himeji City. The location of the Engyoji Temple, a temple over 1,000 years old and one of the stations along one of Japan's three greatest Tendai Buddhist pilgrimage routes, the mountain is also known as the ""Mt. Hiei of the West."" The Shosha Art & Craft Museum is located at the foot of the mountain. a Ropeway can take visitors to the top of the mountain in about four minutes."
  • Shoshazan Engyoji Temple
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Shosha 2968
    A Tendai sect Buddhist temple which is the 27th station on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Founded in 966 by the priest Shoku, due to its high status, it is nicknamed the Mt. Hiei (a mountain sacred to the Tendai sect) of the West. The entire top of Mt. Shosha is dotted with the temple’s buildings, such as the great hall which serves as the main temple nave, the refectory, and Jogyodo Hall. Today, visitors can take a ropeway to Sanjo Station, the closest station to the temple, after which it’s an approximately one kilometer/20 minute walk along the temple path before reaching the Maniden Hall in the center of the mountain. A microbus service is also available. The grounds contain a dining hall where visitors can enjoy traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, as well as a traditional lodging house for pilgrims.

    圓教寺奥之院の中核で、開山の性空上人をまつる堂だ。 一千年の歴史のシンボルとして灯明が燃え続けているのは、比叡山と同じ。 朝夕欠かさず勤行がおこなわれている。 現在の建物は、江戸初期の開山堂建築の代表作の一つで、国指定重要文化財。

  • Yume no Soba
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Yumesakichouokimoto 583
    This soba buckwheat noodle shop is in Okimoto, Yumesaki-cho, Himeji City. Their Yume Soba noodles are made of 80 percent stone ground flour from locally grown buckwheat in an additive free broth. They also serve other fare like rice bowl dishes. Their shop offers local produce, sweets, local sake, and a variety of other commodities and items. They also run a larger restaurant that can accommodate up to 500 guests that serves fare like seasonal Japanese style meal sets. Reservations are required.

    書写山の帰りに友達と立ち寄りました。ヤマサ蒲鉾の工場の手前にある和風平屋建ての趣のあるお蕎麦さん。 地元夢前町産の夢蕎麦を石臼で挽いた二八蕎麦。チケットを買うセルフサービスの店ですが天井も高く窓の外には夢前川のせせらぎが見えゆっくり出来る空間です。鬼おろしかき揚げ蕎麦を食べました。のどごしもよく細めのお蕎麦でした。かき揚げはヤマサらしくさつま揚げです。あまりの暑さにカキ氷も食べてしまいました。売店...

  • SAUNA&SPA HANAKITA
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Masuishinmachi 1-6 Venus Town 2F
    A hot spring bathhouse located in front of Nozato Station in Masuishinmachi, Himeji City. Facilities include a large indoor bath, weekly changing bath, porcelain bath, and three other bath varieties; sauna; and relaxation center offering body care, tsubo foot massages, and lymph massages. There are also a comic book area, table tennis area, and restaurant.

    平日の夜、空いていたのを良い事にゆったりと入浴出来ました。元々ショッピングセンターを改装しただけあって、上層階は駐車場となっており露天風呂を望む事は出来ませんでしたが、内風呂で良いなら気分良く過ごせました。

  • Himeji Rose Garden
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Toyotomichou Toyotomi 2222
    This rose garden is in Toyotomi, Toyotomi-cho, Himeji City. It showcases about 800 species and 3,500 individual plants including old rose, mother rose, and modern rose varieties. Their spring season is from May to June, and in autumn they're open from October to November. They also hold various workshops, live music events, and provide gardening consultation.

    播但道路姫路東から15分、川沿いにあり、春は6月16日まで開催、秋は未定、数種類の薔薇が植えられている、入園料は500円、毎日手入れがなされ、整備も良い、公道から入るとこは狭いが駐車場はかなりの車が置ける、レストランや売店、薔薇の苗木もうっている。

  • Himeji Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    "Himeji Park is an urban park in Himeji City that has Himeji Castle-one of Japan's National Treasures-at its center. As an urban space full of water and greenery that also has a historic atmosphere because of the way the park is integrated with the castle, Himeji Park was selected for inclusion in the list of ""Japan's 100 Historic Parks."" Besides Himeji Castle, there are various other historic sites located in the park, as well as Himeji Shrine, a zoo, an art museum and various other cultural facilities. There are number of ""parks within the park,"" including the Otemae Park at the entrance to the castle, and the Shirotopia Memorial Park to the north of the castle. Many special events are held in Himeji Park, including Yukata Festival in June and Castle Festival in August. During these seasons, the park is crowded with people."
  • Samurai Residence of the Kaminoyama Domain
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This is a Japanese garden in Himeji City. The gardens were opened in 1992 and make the best use of the ruins of the samurai residence at Himeji Castle Nishioyashiki-ato. The gardens are on grounds of approximately 3.3 hectare and command a view of the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle—and the gardens contains a group of nine different types of garden such as “The garden of the Lord’s residence” which has a large pond that is home to 250 colourful carp and a waterfall. The gardens are also used as a location for historical dramas as the gardens have scenery reminiscent of the Edo period such as the Tsuiji wall (mud wall with a tiled roof) and the Yashiki-mon Gate. It is well known as a site famed for its autumn leaves, and also holds an illumination during the season.

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Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture's main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country's most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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