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Himeji is a city located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. It is situated on the Seto Inland Sea and is known for its many historic sites, such as the Himeji Castle, one of the most well-preserved castles in Japan. The city is also home to several shrines and temples, as well as a number of parks and gardens.

The city of Himeji has a population of over 500,000 people, making it the largest city in the prefecture. It is located in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, about 50 kilometers from the prefectural capital of Kobe. The city is served by the Sanyo Main Line of the West Japan Railway Company, as well as several bus lines.

Himeji has a long and rich history. It was first mentioned in historical records as far back as the 8th century, when it was known as Inaba Castle. During the Edo period, the city was a major castle town, and was home to many daimyo and their retainers. The city was also the site of the Battle of Himeji in 1868, during which the forces of the newly established Meiji government defeated those of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Today, Himeji is a major cultural center, with many museums, galleries, and other attractions. The city is also home to the Himeji International Festival, a three-day event held every year in October, which features traditional Japanese music, dance, and other performances.

Himeji is also known for its many natural attractions, such as the nearby Mount Himeji, which offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding area. The city is also home to many beaches, parks, and gardens, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Excursion tips for a day in Himeji

Himeji in Japan is a beautiful city with a rich history and many attractions to explore. Here are some activities you can do as a tourist in Himeji on a day:

1. Visit Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's most iconic attractions.
2. Explore the cobbled streets of the old town and visit some of the traditional shops and restaurants.
3. Take a stroll through the Koko-en Garden, a stunning landscape garden with nine different themed gardens.
4. Visit the Himeji City Museum of Art, which houses a large collection of Japanese and international art.
5. Take a boat ride along the scenic Himeji River.
6. Visit the Himeji City Zoo, which is home to a variety of animals including lions, tigers and elephants.
7. Visit the Himeji Central Park, a large park with a lake, walking trails, and a variety of attractions.
8. Take a day trip to Mount Shosha, a popular destination for hiking and other outdoor activities.
9. Sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.
10. Shop for souvenirs at one of the local markets or shops.

Experience Himeji with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Himeji. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Himeji

Himeji experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall throughout the year. In spring (March-May), the temperature gradually rises, with the cherry blossoms blooming in April. Summer (June-August) is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching 30°C and above. Fall (September-November) is mild, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C. Winter (December-February) is cold and dry, with temperatures dropping to below 0°C and the occasional snowfall.

Cruise weather for Himeji

Our weather forecast for Himeji helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 29.9 °C
min: 26.1 °C
14.4 m/s
17.3 m/s
20.9 %
24.1 m
80.0 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 26.1 °C
14.8 m/s
20.2 m/s
3.4 %
24.1 m
80.0 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 29.8 °C
min: 26.6 °C
14.8 m/s
15.8 m/s
1.0 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.3 °C
min: 26.2 °C
11.9 m/s
13.0 m/s
19.6 %
21.6 m
77.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 26.2 °C
22.7 m/s
43.9 m/s
41.9 %
24.1 m
77.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 26.4 °C
20.2 m/s
31.0 m/s
69.4 %
24.1 m
69.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 26.4 °C
32.8 m/s
49.3 m/s
99.8 %
23.9 m
68.3 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 29.6 °C
min: 26.7 °C
28.8 m/s
46.1 m/s
91.5 %
24.1 m
73.4 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 25.2 °C
41.0 m/s
69.8 m/s
100.0 %
20.5 m
77.6 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 24.8 °C
49.3 m/s
70.2 m/s
100.0 %
8.8 m
89.2 %
996 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 29.7 °C
min: 25.5 °C
37.1 m/s
59.4 m/s
77.6 %
20.1 m
85.9 %
996 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 27.0 °C
min: 25.9 °C
39.2 m/s
67.3 m/s
100.0 %
18.2 m
87.4 %
1,003 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 31.2 °C
min: 25.3 °C
19.0 m/s
35.6 m/s
69.4 %
24.1 m
69.9 %
1,006 hPa

Cruises to Himeji

Would you like to travel to Himeji on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Himeji.

Scheduled ship calls in Himeji, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 28th 2024 Saturday, 28th of Sep. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 07:00 am 10:00 pm
Mar. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Mar. 2025 MS Europa 2 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 27th 2025 Thursday, 27th of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 08:00 am 04:00 pm
May 25th 2025 Sunday, 25th of May 2025 LE SOLEAL 07:00 am 06:00 pm

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