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"Change into an armed worrier" by wearing the armor

Himeji Castle
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“Change into an armed worrier” by wearing the armor.

Explore the castle and Otemae area wearing heavy authentic full armor.
Be a cool worrier.

Available
day
Every Sunday (14:00~16:00)
Required
time
1 to 3 hours
Number of
people
1 to 3 people
Fee ¥7,000 per hour / ¥10,000 per 3 hours
Host Harima Kacchu Club
Reservation Himeji Convention Support
Phone 079-286-8988 (Open: Wednesday, Sundays, and holidays.)
*Reservation must be made a day in advance. You cannot reservation on that day.

Be a guard wearing full armor for foot soldier

Himeji Castle
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Be a guard wearing full armor for foot soldier

Stand in front of Otemon of the world heritage site, Himeji Castle, and welcome the tourist wearing the armor like a historical show. It is fun to interact with tourists like taking pictures. It is great for people who like history and historical shows and have service spirits.

Available
day
Every Sunday (from 9:00)
Required
time
2 hours
Number of
people
1 to 4 people
Fee Adults: ¥3,000 (armor made from paper), ¥5,500 (foot soldier armor or tatami armor, Elementary school students: ¥1,000 (armor made from paper)
Host Monban Sakura gumi
Reservation Himeji Convention Support
Phone 079-286-8988 (Open: Wednesday, Sundays, and holidays.)
*Reservation must be made a day in advance. You cannot reservation on that day.

Popular among small children!
Unique Ninja training experience

Himeji Castle
Open
Popular among small children! Unique Ninja training experience

It is a great opportunity to get a ninja training around Himeji Castle wearing authentic ninja costume. You will get a lesson for throwing ninja stars and sword battle from an ex-actor. It is an exciting 90 minutes for both adults and children.

Available
day
Every Saturdays
Required
time
90 minutes
Number of
people
2 to 10 people
Fee ¥6,000 for adults, ¥3,000 for children
Host Himeji Ninjakai
Reservation Himeji Convention Support
Phone 079-286-8988 (Open: Wednesday, Sundays, and holidays.)
*Reservation must be made a day in advance. You cannot reservation on that day.

Experience an authentic historical costume
in a historical city, Himeji

Himeji Castle
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Experience an authentic historical costume in a historical city, Himeji

You can transform into Princess Sen, Oiran, Ooku, Ninja, Smurai, and military commander. Special staff will put on your make up and costume so you can feel like an actor or actress. You can take beautiful pictures at the studio or stroll in a castle town of Himeji in a historical costume.

Available
day
All year around (10:00 to 17:00)
Required
time
20 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes *Depend on the plan
Number of
people
From 1 person
Fee ¥1,500 to ¥7,000
Host Yumeoriyakata
Reservation Yumeoriyakata
Phone 079-226-5277
*Closed on Mondays (If it is a holiday, it will be closed on the following day on Tuesday)

Strolling in the castle town in Kimono

Himeji Castle
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Strolling in the castle town in Kimono

Change into kimono and walk around Himeji Castle.
We recommend walking around the old townscape with good atmosphere or visit Kokoen and around the museum of art.

Available
day
All year around (10:00 to 18:00)
Required
time
No limitation during the business hour.
Number of
people
1 to 30 people
Fee ¥3,500~ (including kimono, accessory, and dress up)
Host Jokamachi style
Reservation Jokamachi style
Phone 079-280-1086
*Reservation must be made prior to the day before.

"Experience sutra writing"
write each letter with feeling

Shashosan Engyoji
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“Experience sutra writing”, write each letter with feeling.

There are 2 types, standard heart sutra course and smaller flower pedal sutra. Many difficult kanjis are lined up but don’t worry, it is drafted. Write each letter of the sutra with your feeling.

Available
day
All year around
Required
time
Heart sutra: 1 hour, Flower petal sutra: 10 to 20 minutes
Number of
people
1 to 40 people
Fee ¥1,000 for Heart sutra, ¥300 for flower petal sutra
Host Shasosan Enkyoji
Reservation Shasosan Enkyoji
Phone 079-266-3327
*No reservation necessary

"Experience zen meditation"
try your limit of mindlessness

Shashosan Engyoji
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“Experience zen meditation” try your limit of mindlessness

Experience zen meditation at the training dojo Dogyodo, where the movie "Last Samurai" was filmed. Quietly cross your legs and sit straight in a historical hall. You can spend valuable time moment without worldly thoughts.

Available
day
All year around (from 14:00)
*Sometimes the time is changed or it is not available due to events.
Required
time
About an hour
Number of
people
1 to 40 minutes
Fee ¥500
Host Shashosan Enkyoji
Reservation Shashosan Enkyoji
Phone 079-266-3327
*Reservation must be made 3 days in advance. No walk ins.

"Making Japanese sweets" created in the castle town

Shashosan Engyoji
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“Making Japanese sweets” created in the castle town

It is a traditional culture created in the castle town. With the guidance from the chef, you can experience making seasonal Japanese sweets from dough and bean paste.

Available
day
All year around (From 13:00 and from 15:00)
Required
time
40 minutes
Number of
people
6 people to 40 people
Fee ¥1,500 (includes ¥500 ticket you can spend in kineya.
Host Kineya
Reservation Kineya
Phone 079-267-2333 (Kineya Shosha Okashino Sato)
*Must make reservation. You can make reservation on that day.

"Sake brewry observation" Enjoy delicious local sake

Southern area from Himeji station
Open
“Sake brewry observation” Enjoy delicious local sake

Sake brewery area is still in the same 3000 tsubo area. You can observe the sake brewing process in the wooden brewery that was used from the beginning until 1963. This course includes sampling of fresh sake.

Available
day
All year around (10:00 to 18:00)
Required
time
15 to 30 minutes
Number of
people
2 to 50 people
Fee ¥100 (includes samples)
Host Nadagiku Shuzo
Reservation Nadagiku Shuzo
Phone 079-285-3111
*Reservation can be made on that day.

Feeding animals at "Himeji Central Park"

Suburbs
Open
“Sake brewry observation” Enjoy delicious local sake

In the walking safari, you can feed various animals such as white lions, giraffes, elephants, bears, sheep, goats, and horses. It is a great chance to feed the animals instead of just looking.

Available
day
Every day (Closed on Wednesday) *It may be cancelled due to rain.
Required
time
From 5 minutes
Number of
people
From 1 person (in the order or arrival)
Fee From ¥200 (Admission fee is necessary)
*Time and fee are different depending on the animal
Host Himeji Central Park
Reservation Himeji Central Park
Phone 079-264-1611

"Toy making" Mechanism from Edo period

Suburbs
Open
“Toy making” Mechanism from Edo period

You can make toys with interesting mechanism that was popular in Edo period.

Available
day
All year round (Closed on Wednesdays, and end and beginning of the year)
Required
time
40 minutes
Number of
people
5 to 40 people
Fee ¥300
Host Japan Toy Museum
Reservation Japan Toy Museum
Phone 079-232-4388
*Reservation must be made 3 days in advance.
Please ask about making reservation on that day.

"Kawara making full course" with craftsmen

Suburbs
Open
“Kawara making full course” with craftsmen

This fulfilled program includes factory observation, studies, kawara making, and clay crafting. This is a rare opportunity to learn from kawara craftsmen who make Shachihoko kawara on the large keep of Himeji Castle

Available
day
All year around (except Sundays, holidays, end and beginning of the year)
Required
time
3 hours
Number of
people
2 to 200 people
Fee ¥4,000 (¥3,500 for a group larger than 10 people)
Host Koyoseiga
Reservation Koyo seiga
Phone 079-232-5295
Mail:info@koyoseiga.co.jp
*Reservation must be made 7 days in advance.
Please ask about making reservation on that day.

Strawberry picking "Buranko Strawberry Farm"

Suburbs
Open
Strawberry picking “Buranko Strawberry Farm”

It is planted higher from the ground so dirt does not get on. You can pick fresh strawberries and eat them!

Available
day
February to May (Please check for detail) Closed on Mondays
Required
time
40 minutes
Number of
people
From 1 person
Fee ¥1,600 for adults (older than elementary school) for 40 minutes, ¥1,000 for children (under elementary school) for 40 minutes, ¥700 for toddlers (1 to 2 years old)
Host Fukuenosan Buranko Strawberry Farm
Reservation Fukuenosan Buranko Strawberry Farm
Phone 090-5675-9650
Phone reception hours: 8:00 to 17:00
Hours: 10:00 to 11:30 on weekdays, 10:00 13:30 on holidays

Strawberry picking "Yumesaki Strawberry House"

Suburbs
Open
Strawberry picking “Yumesaki Strawberry House”

Try our juicy and ripe strawberries grown on higher ground in a most advanced clean house.

Available
day
December to May (Please check for detail)
Required
time
30 minutes
Number of
people
From 1 person, first 50 people per day
Fee ¥1,500 to ¥1,700 for adults, ¥1,000 to ¥1,200 for children, free for children under 3 years old.
Host Yumesaki Strawberry House
Reservation Yumesaki Strawberry House
Phone 080-8306-1762
Phone reception hours: 9:00 to 17:00