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Kokoen

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This Japanese garden was opened in 1992 to celebrate 100 year anniversary for Himeji city. It is 3.5ha and consists of 9 large and small gardens using divides of the ruins of Himeji Castle West Mansion, samurai residence, and allies. It is often used for shooting historical dramas because it looks like you have time traveled to Edo period with Himeji Castle in the background. Seasonal flowers are beautiful too. Tea ceremony experience in the tea room is popular.

Address 68 Honmachi,Himeji-shi 670-0012
Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (admission is until 16:30), It closes 1 hour later from April 27th to August 31st.
Fee ¥300 for adults,
¥150 for elementary and junior high school students,
group discount (over 30 people) and common tickets for Himeji Castle and Kokoen are available
Closed days December 29th, and 30th
Access Train 15 minute walk from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji Castle
Bus Near "Chokaku tokubetsu shien gakko and Kokoen mae"
Official website http://www.himeji-machishin.jp/ryokka/kokoen/english.html

Shoshazan Engyoji

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It is one of the three large halls for Tendai sect along with Hiezan and Daisen. There are many important cultural properties in the mountain. People gather there to worship since the old time and it is a popular training place for monks. Many people come visit here from all over Japan even now. Experiencing "Sutra writing, Zen meditation, and one-day training" in an area with rich greenery is very popular. Furthermore, it is famous for a filming location for the Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruz, "Last Samurai" and various movies and dramas. It takes about 4 minutes by ropeway to get to the top.

※Mt.Shosha Ropeway doesn’t operate from December 7(Mon.) ~ December 27(Sun.), due to annual inspection and maintenance.

Address 2968 Shosha,Himeji-shi 671-2201
Hours 8:30 to 17:00 (Winter) 8:30 to 18:00 (Spring to Fall, It may be extended on Sundays and holidays)
Fee *Entrance fee: ¥500 *Special entrance fee: ¥1,000 (including microbus)
Closed days None Ropeway is closed for periodical inspection in December (about a week)
Access Bus About 25 minutes by Shinki Bus from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji station. Get off at the last stop, "Shosha Ropeway". Take Shoshazan Ropeway Sanroku station to Sanjo station. About 20 minute walk to Maniden (Main temple)

Himeji City Zoo

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It is located next to Sannomaru square of the world heritage site "Himeji Castle". You can see the castle from the zoo. It is rich in nature and you can stroll around the inner moat while observing various animals such as elephants and giraffes. They have "fureai hiroba (petting zoo)" with guinea pigs, miniature pigs, and sheep where you can pet the animals and "miniature farm" where they have goats and chickens.

Address 68 Honmachi,Himeji-shi 670-0012
Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (Last admission is 16:30)
Fee ¥200 for adults, ¥30 for children (Over 5 years old to 9th grader)
Closed days December 29 through January 1st
Access Train About 15 minute walk to the north from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji station
Bus About 5 minutes by Shinki Bus. It is near "Himejijo Otemon mae" stop.

Himeji City Museum of Art

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The red brick building is registered as a tangible cultural property. It used to be a storage house for the old army and now it is a museum. There are statues in the grass yard and you can relax and enjoy the art. In the normal exhibit, many modern French artists such as Monet and Mathis are there and various special exhibits are held throughout the year.

Address 68-25 Honmachi,Himeji-shi 670-0012
Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission at 16:30)
Fee Regular exhibit: ¥200 for adults, ¥150 for high school and college students, ¥100 for elementary and junior high school students. Special exhibit: Admission fee is different for each.
Closed days Monday (If it is a holiday, it is closed the next day) The end and beginning of the year (December 25th to January 5th)
Access Train 20 minute walk from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji Station
Bus About 7 minutes to "Himeyama Koen Minami, Iryo Center, Bijutsukan mae (Himeyama park south, Medical center, Art museum"

Himeji City Museum of Literature

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It is located in a quiet area. The unique concrete building designed by Tadao Ando will jump up in your sight. Using visuals and graphics, they will reveal the world of literature in a brand new way. Bokeitei is a Japanese style building with Japanese room and tea room and was built in Taisho period. It is highly recommended. The observatory on the north building is great.

Address 84 Yamanoicho,Himeji-shi 670-0021
Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission is at 16:30)
Fee ¥300 for adults, ¥200 for college and high school students, ¥100 junior high school and elementary school ※20% discount for a group over 20 people. ※Special exhibit has different fee.
Closed days Mondays (Open if it is a holiday), After a holiday (Open on Saturdays and Sundays), December 25 through January 5th
Access Bus About 7 minutes by Shinki Bus from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji Station. Get off at "Ichinohashi, Bungakukan mae" stop. About 3 minute walk from the bus stop.

Hyogo prefectural Museum of History

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This museum has exhibit that shows the history and culture of Hyogo. It is next to Himeji Castle and you can see Himeji Castle from the museum. There are many exhibits about Himeji Castle and the castle town such as detail replica of Himeji Castle in the lobby and virtual reality theater. You can try on twelve-layered ceremonial kimono or armor (3 times a day, each is drawn in a lottery).

Address 68 Honmachi,Himeji-shi 670-0012
Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission is at 16:30)
Fee ¥200 for adults, ¥150 for college students, ¥100 for high school students, free for junior high school students and under ※Separate fee for special exhibits
Closed days Every Monday (If Monday is a holiday, it is closed the next day), the end and beginning of the year, and other special closure (please contact us for detail.)
Access Bus About 8 minutes on Shink Bus from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji station. Get off at "Himeyama koen kita, Hakubutsukan mae".

Harimanokunisosha

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It enshrines "god of the plant" and "god of marriage" as their main. At the end of Heian period, they combine 174 gods in Harimanokuni and they start calling the shrine Harimanokunisosha. It is famous for "Mitsuyamataisai" held once every 20 years.

Address 190 SoshaHonmachi,Himeji-shi 670-0015
Access Train 15 minute walk from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji Station

Himeji City Aquarium

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It is one of the only a few aquarium located on top of the mountain in Japan. It is also known as "aquarium on the mountain". It has many creatures that live in the area and have many exhibits that "you can see, hear and touch". On the roof floor, there is Jabujab creek where you can get in and play and biotope is also recommended.
"Tegarayama interaction station monorail exhibit room" located near used to be the Himeji city monorail Tegarayama station building. It has the platform and the monorail that was implemented at the time of Himeji Expo in 1966 and it makes you feel like you have time traveled into the Showa period.

Address 440 Nishinobusue,Himeji-shi 670-0971
Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (Last admission is at 16:30)
Fee ¥200 for elementary school and junior high school student, ¥500 for adults
Closed days Tuesday, December 29th through January 1st (If Tuesday is a holiday, it is closed the following day)
Access Bus About 10 minutes from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji Station. Get off at “Himeji-shi bunka center mae”. About 5 minute walk from the bus stop. Or about 10 minute walk from Sanyo Dentetsu Tegara station.

Japan Toy Museum

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It was founded in 1974. It is known a toy museum that represents our country because of its scale and content. You can find toys and dolls from your childhood as well as children’s culture from around the world.

Address 671-3 Koderachonakanino,Himeji-shi
671-2201
Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (It takes about 50 to 60 minutes to see.)
Fee ¥500 for adults, ¥400 for high school and college students, ¥200 for children (over 4 years)
Closed days Every Wednesday (Open on holidays and August 13th), December 28th through January 2nd
Access Bus About 17 minutes from JR and Sanyo Dentestu Himeji station on Bantan line. Get off at “Koro station”. 15 minutes to east.

Nagoyama Stupa

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It is a modern cemetery park located on a hill about 1km north east from "the national treasure and world heritage, Himeji Castle".
The symbolic building is the dome shaped stupa that is 38m high. It was a gift from the Prime Minister Nehru from India with a wish for eternal peace and happiness for humans. It enshrine Buddha’s ash and statue of Shakasanzon and the ten principal disciples. It has pure and solemn atmosphere. The park is rich in nature and is great for strolling. In early April, cherry blossoms are beautiful and in mid-April, azaleas over the mountain in red, white, and pink. The view from the observation deck is excellent and is worth seeing.

Address 14-1 Nagoyamacho,Himeji-shi 670-0051
Hours 8:40 to 16:30
Fee ¥200 for adults (13 years and older), ¥100 for children (over 5 years old to under 13 years old). Discount is available for a group over 30 people
Closed days December 29th to December 31st
Access Bus About 15 minutes by Shinki Bus (Imajuku route) from JR and Sanyo Dentetsu Himeji station. Get off at Kurumasaki or “Nagoyama kitaguchi” (Yokozeki route)