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Rental Cycle

Bicycle rental is free and is very convenient for exploring around Himeji Castle.

Location Himeji city tourist information center (west side of JR Himeji station central concourse)
Time 9:00 to 16:00 (Return time is different depending on the location)
Fee Free (You must fill out an application form)
How to use You will receive a number card when you fill out the application form at the counter at Himeji city tourist information center. Take the number card to the rental area and give it to the person in charge.
Return time Return time for Otemae bicycle parking is until 17:30.
Return time for Nishi-chika (west basement) bicycle parking is until 18:00.
Others You cannot make reservation
Contact Himeji city tourist information center
Phone 079-287-0003

Sightseeing loop bus

The loop bus runs around the Himeji Castle. It is very reasonably priced with \100 for adult and \50 for kids! Retro style bus will take you around Himeji!

Open Every day (It runs only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December to February. )
Hours From 9:00 a.m. (First bus) to 5:00 p.m. (last bus).
20 minutes per loop, 16 loops per day (27 loops for Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
※The bus comes every 15 to 30 minutes.
Fee Toll: ¥100 for adults, and ¥50 for children (6 years to 6th grader)
Day pass available
(Day pass is ¥300 for adults and ¥150 for children)
Route
  • 1.Himeji station (Shinki Bus Center)
  • 2.Himeji Castle Otemon
  • 3.Himeji Post Office
  • 4.The Museum of Art
  • 5.The museum
  • 6.Shimizu-bashi (The museum of literature)
  • 7.Kokoen
  • 8.Otemae
  • 9.Himeji Station (Himeji OS building)
Use privilege 20% discount from the admission to Himeji Castle, Kokoen, and the City Museum of Art (for normal exhibit). 50 yen discount from high school student or older and 30 yen discount from elementary and junior high school student for the prefectural museum of history.
You will get a discount
Contact Himeji tourist information center
Phone 079-287-0003

Common ticket for Himeji Castle and Kokoen

Himeji Castle and Kokoen located right next to the castle cost 1,300 yen when you buy the ticket separately. If you buy the common ticket, it is 1,040 yen, which is 260 yen cheaper.

  • Ticket location:
    Ticket counter at Himeji Castle or Kokoen
  • Admission:
    ¥1,040 for adults and ¥360 for elementary and junior high school students.

JR-WEST RAIL PASS

It is very convenient to use JR-WEST RAIL PASS for traveling from major cities to Himeji! It is great for short stay. There are 3 types, “KANSAI Area Pass”, “KANSAI WIDE Area Pass”, “Sanyo Area Pass”, depending on the usage area. Please refer to the website below for detail.

http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/travel-information/pass/

Kansai Area Pass

Unlimited ride of JR from Kansai-airport to Kyoto,Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji,and ot her popular destinations in the Kansai area.

1 day 2,060 Yen (Children half price)
2 days 4,110 Yen(Children half price)
3 days 5,140 Yen(Children half price)
4 days 6,170 Yen(Children half price)

Kansai WIDE Area Pass

Unlimited ride of JR from Kansai-airport to Kyoto,Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji,and ot her popular destinations in the Kansai area.

4 days 6,170 Yen Adult(12 and over)
3,600 Yen Child(6 to 11)

Thru Kansai "2 day and 3 day ticket"

  • Transportation pass for 2 or 3 days! You can ride for 2 or 3 consecutive days while it is available (including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)
  • You can ride major train lines and buses in Kansai with one card! It is very convenient because you can use trains and buses in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama, and Otsu.
  • You get special service at about 350 facilities!

You get special service at about 350 amusement facility, shrines, and temples located in Kansai area.

Please refer to the website below for detail.

http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

Type of ticket Adult Child (Ages 6 to 12)
3day ticket 5,200 Yen 2,000 Yen
2day ticket 4,000 Yen 2,600 Yen

Himeji city tourist information area
(Himeji Kanko Navi Port)

A tourist information center is located on the west side of central concourse in Himeji Station. They handle bicycle rental and wheelchair rental (for free) as well as providing tourist information and hotel information. There is always a staff who can speak English. You can use free Wifi and charging device for cellphones and cameras are available (with fee).

Address 210-2 Ekimaecho Himeji-shi 670-0927
Phone 079-287-0003
Hours 9:00~19:00
Closed December 29th, 30th, and facility inspection day
Location West side of central concourse in Himeji Station

Himeji castle volunteer guide VEGA

They can give guided tour of Himeji Castle for free (only available in English). Reservation is not necessary but they are not always there.

  • 079-285-1146
  • (Himeji Castle Administration Office)

English Volunteer Guide Kashinokikai

They give guided tour in Himeji (English only). The group must be 10 people or less and reservation must be made a week in advance. For inquiry and reservation, please send an email to the following address.

himejitourkashinoki@gmail.com