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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
Opened in 1983, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History is a museum dedicated to teach the history and culture of Hyogo. In 2007, it has been renovated into a facility where both small children and the elderly would enjoy. As a result, you can learn about Himeji Castle and its castle town in a virtual imaging corner. All these documents are available in the area where you can enter for free. It is also a great place to learn about children's cultures and festivals of Hyogo (note this is not a free zone). The museum is situated at a 5-min walk from Himeji Castle. Therefore, I recommend you to drop by when you visit the castle.
- 68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo
- Contact No.
- 8-min bus ride from JR Himeji station on Shinki bus bound for Himeji Medical Center. Get off at Himeyama Park north, in front of museum.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00‐17:00 (Last entrance is at 16:30)
Closed on Monday (If Monday is national holiday, closed on the next day)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- 200 yen (additional fee is charged for special exhibition and feature exhibition)
- Other Information
- *Guide in English and English brochure available
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Learn about Hyogo at the gallery with a rich collection
Inside the facility, there is a rich collection of exhibitions concerning the history of Hyogo, its castle and the life in the castle town. There is also a Children's museum where you can learn about cultures related to childhood from the Edo period to today. You can see exhibitions on the festivals of Hyogo as well. It would be a great place to learn everything about Hyogo.
Enjoy different themes in feature exhibitions
You shouldn't miss feature exhibitions of this museum. Each periodical exhibition features different themes at each time. There were exhibitions related to Himeji Castle, statues of Buddha, old paintings, etc. There was even an exhibition on Japanese ghosts. It is interesting to see exhibitions on various topics.
Open zone where you can enjoy for free
In the facility, there is an area on the first floor where you can enter for free. You can see the reconstruction of the building that looks like an old house of the common people. You can also try wearing a layered kimono or armor and helmet. There is also a place where you can learn about Himeji Castle and its castle town with virtual images. It is great to learn so many things without paying a penny.