About Himeji

With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen (the main Bullet train line linking Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima).
A small city at the western edge of the Kansai region, the city boasts Japan’s finest castle. At one point in the late 1500’s, it was the biggest castle in all of Asia.

  • The remarkable Castle
  • Mount Shosha (Shoshazan) and its 1,000-year-old-temple complex
  • Kokoen garden composed of nine separate Japanese-style-gardens of the Edo period

Dating to 1609, the striking white edifice of Himeji Castle (nicknamed “White Egret Castle”), is one of the few that has escaped the ravages of civil war, earthquakes and firebombings. Most notably, the castle miraculously survived World War II virtually unscathed, despite the rest of the city having been levelled by American carpet bombing. The castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931 and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. It is virtually the last castle in Japan that still manages to tower over the surrounding skyscrapers and office buildings.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Himeji by Bullet Train Nozomi (Some Nozomi don’t stop at Himeji)(3h10)
  • From Osaka to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (57 min)
  • From Kyoto to JR Himeji Station by train (Special Rapid Service train) (1 h 25 min)

Himeji on our Google map

Our packages includes Himeji

Himeji castle

Contrasts of Japan (9 days)

From £ 1,945 p/person
This 9-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour. See Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, ending in Hiroshima or Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan (11 days)

From £ 2,505 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

Travel on the bullet train with the Japan Rail Pass

Explore Japan by Rail 21 days

Explore Japan in depth on this fully-escorted tour, from the southern island of Kyushu to Sapporo in the north, taking in many fascinating towns and cities on the way. Travel by train including the world-famous Bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates until May 2019.

Tokyo by night


Honshu is the largest island of Japan, and the country-wide Japan Rail Pass allows you to explore all the cities and regions at your own pace.
Our itinerary suggestion includes travelling down from Tokyo using the newly-opened HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN line to Kanazawa and on to the historic city of Kyoto. The package includes the 7-day Rail […]

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