Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of History
The most magnificent castle in Japan, Himeji-jō is also one of only a handful of original castles in the country (most others are modern...
Just across the moat on the western side of Himeji-jō is Kōko-en, a reconstruction of the former samurai quarters of the castle. There...
They make their own noodles at this homey little noodle joint a few minutes' walk from the castle. It's not fancy, but if you want an...
Lonely Planet review
This museum has good displays on Himeji-jō and other castles around Japan. In addition, the museum covers the main periods of Japanese history, with some English explanations. At 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, one lucky person can even try on a suit of samurai armour or a kimono (ask at the front desk to be included in the lottery).
The museum is a five-minute walk north of the castle. Last entry 30 minutes before closing.