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I just want to let people know our most recent experience, since I found nothing on this forum actually helped to ease our minds about the luggage situation in Himeji before our trip. The only other thread found was not helpful to me at all.

We were at Himeji on April 7th as a stop over from Hiroshima to Kyoto. We arrived in Himeji just before 9:00am and found plenty of lockers in various sizes available at the station. We had 2 carry on clothed bags sized: 20"L x 9"W x 13"H. and used one medium sized locker for both at ¥400.

There was no lines when we finally arrived at the ticket window around 9:15am. We received our "paper" that validated our entrance into interior paid for the combo tickets and walked right in.

We noticed more lockers in various sizes near by. Yes this includes large sized lockers also. Himeji has the most amazing exterior and gardens around but disappointing empty interior that perhaps will only excite an architect who enjoys looking at wooden structures without nails (IMO).

After we saw everything within the castle grounds while exited around 10:45am, there were so many people and tour groups by this time. But most of the lockers were still unused. We then went to Kokoen Garden, and behold there were even more lockers in various sizes there. We exited the garden around 11:30am and again most of the lockers were unused.

We got back to our locker at the station ready to leave around 12:30pm, there were still some lockers available through out the station but all of the lockers by the Shinkansen entrance (where we stored ours) were occupied.

Hopefully this report will help those who doesn't want to use the shipping service in the future. We were there during full bloom of the cherry blossom season.

Edited: 22 April 2015, 07:09
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1. Re: Report - Himeji luggage lockers

This is useful information! Thank you.

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Thank you for your report. I have been looking for info you just provided.

Do you think it was a worthwhile stop at Himeji? How much was the combo ticket to the Castle?

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Nobody uses the Koko-en lockers (left side after passing the ticket window). I don't even think anyone knows of their existence.

I think the issue with the Himeji Castle visit is sole focus on the architectural aspect. You see a lot of signs about wood, stones, windows, etc. The Castle visit itself lacks a personal aspect--stories behind the Castle, how people lived, what happened, etc. I also wish the interior is better lighted. It's very hard to read the description.

In contrast, the long corridor building at the Western Bailey could give a more interesting experience with the focus on Princess Sen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senhime

Worth is subjective but the Castle's exterior is stunning enough. The combo ticket of Himeji Castle + Koko-en is 1,040 Yen. In other words, the Koko-en visit costs just 40 Yen more. Koko-en is quite nice actually, worth 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much of the gardens you want to stroll. You might even see Japanese couples dressed in traditional clothes to get their pictures taken.

Edited: 22 April 2015, 14:46
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Himeji Castle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himeji_Castle

Himeji is a prominent strategical focal point, located at the edge of former capital area (the Kamikata; which includes Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara). Himeji Castle played an important role in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's swift return from the Chugoku area to the Kamikata when his former master Oda Nobunaga was assassinated by Hideyoshi's rival, which won Hideyoshi governing powers of unified Japan as the Taiko. Knowing the importance of Himeji as gateway into western Japan, Hideyoshi vastly expanded Himeji Castle, which was originally owned by now his chief strategist, Kuroda Yoshitaka (aka Kanbei, or Simeon by his Christianized name). Hideyoshi himself settled down in Fushimi and constructed Ozaka (Osaka) Castle to prepare for his son's succession.

After Taiko Hideyoshi's death, an internal West vs East rivalry within the unified regime ensued, sparked by the unsatisfactory invasion of Japanese forces into Korea and resulting discontent within the regime. As a result of the Battle of Sekigahara (the grandest battle all time which took place in 1600), the Tokugawa Ieyasu's faction based in Sumpu (now Shizuoka) and Edo (now Tokyo) took over de facto governing power. Ikeda Terumasa, a prominent feudal lord of the Toyotomi regime, sided with the Tokugawa-led Eastern Forces (his wife was daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu), and as a result he was awarded Himeji Castle as a watchtower over the still opposing West and remaining Toyotomi clan. Ikeda Terumasa was ridiculed by his fellow vassal lords under the Tokugawa Regime as having conquered a prominent region not by swordsmanship but by his best part; Terumasa replied back that had he chosen to use his sword instead, he would have conquered entire Japan.

After consolidating his rule and gaining the nomination as the Shogun (supreme military commander), Tokugawa Ieyasu and his forces destroyed the remaining Toyotomi clan at the Seige of Osaka (the last grand battle of the samurais) in 1614-15. Princess Sen, the granddaughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu, was married to the defeated Toyotomi Hideyori (who committed suicide upon defeat); upon the fall of Osaka, Sen was rescued and resided briefly in Himeji Castle's Western Bailey described above. Her daughter Princess Katsu later became wife of Terumasa's grandson.

Edited: 26 April 2015, 02:00
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Japanese castles documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Ctv6BXXic

Edited: 26 April 2015, 02:34
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I must say, although the interior was disappointing. We still had fun looking out the windows from a high point of view within and gawked at Japanese wooden constructions. Sammyfloyd is correct, there are way more informations in English at the "Western Bailey." Also a few phenomenal views of the castle from one of the windows in the hall way rooms.

It was def. worth it for my wife and I. A wonderful stop over to break out the journey from Hiroshima to Kyoto.

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7. Re: Report - Himeji luggage lockers

A great thread.

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8. Re: Report - Himeji luggage lockers

We will be doing the same thing you did! However, our train leaves a little latter, so do you have any information on restaurants? Are there some nice places to have lunch over there?

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9. Re: Report - Himeji luggage lockers

Thank you, this is very helpful! I'm planning to drop by Himeiji from Hiroshima in coming Dec. Did you pass by Kobe as well?

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We did not stop at Kobe between Himeji and Kyoto. But, we did do a day trip to Kobe from Osaka at a later time in the same trip.

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