The Himeji City Museum of Art is housed in an historic red-brick building on a site whose many beautiful features include an impressive view of Himeji Castle. The castle, designated a World Cultural Heritage and National Treasure, is often likened to a white heron because of its elegant lines. Opened in 1983, the museum promotes art and enhances local culture, by acquiring, exhibiting, and conducting research on a broad spectrum of art works. Exhibitions are held in three galleries: the Permanent Exhibition Gallery, the Special Exhibition Gallery, and the Collection Gallery. In addition to exhibitions, the museum hosts lectures, gallery talks, workshops and other events to promote public understanding of the arts. Our aim is to be a museum that is both popular and accessible.


68-25 Honmachi, Himeji City, Hyogo 670-0012, Japan

Phone 079-222-2288 Fax 079-222-2290

Website http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/art.html


Opening hours

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.)



Every Monday (except public holidays), year-end and New Year holidays

※There may be temporary closures in addition to the above. Please contact the

museum for the most up-to-date information.


  • Permanent exhibitions/General admission: 200 yen (160 yen), university and highschool students: 150 yen (120 yen), junior high and elementary school students:100 yen (80 yen) ※Prices in parentheses apply to groups of 20 or more people
  • Special exhibitions/Admission fees to special exhibitions differ by exhibition.
  • Collection Gallery/Admission is free.


Map of the local area.

●Trains to Himeji Station

By JR Shinkansen: Approx. 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka; approx. 20 minutes fromOkayama.

By JR train: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Kyoto; approx. 1 hour from Osaka;approx. 40 minutes from Sannomiya, Kobe (by special rapid service train); approx.

1 hour 25 minutes from Okayama (by local train)By Sanyo Electric Railway: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Hanshin Umeda;approx. 1 hour from Sannomiya (by Sanyo Electric Railway direct limited expresstrains)


●How to reach the museum from Himeji Station

On foot: Approx. 20 minutes from JR and Sanyo Electric Railway Himeji Stations(the museum adjoins the east side of Himeji Castle)By Shinki Bus: The museum is in front of the “Himeyamakoen-minami /Iryo Center/Bijutsukan-mae” bus stop, served by buses no. 3, 4, 5, 61, 62, 64, 81, 82, 84,

and 86 departing from Himeji Station bus stop 7 or 8. The bus ride takes approx.

8 minutes.

By Himeji Castle Loop Bus: Operates daily (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidaysonly from December through February) and costs 100 yen.


●By car: Aim for Himeji Castle

From the Chugoku Expressway Fukusaki IC, take the Bantan Renraku Road,exiting at Tohori Ramp. The museum is approx. 15 minutes from Tohori Ramp.

From the Sanyo Expressway Himeji-higashi IC or Himeji-nishi IC, the museum is approx. 15 minutes.

From the Hanshin Express way Kakogawa By pass Himeji Bypass, exit at Himeji-minami Ramp. The museum is approx. 15 minutes from Himeji-minami Ramp.

※There is no on-site parking at the museum. Please use nearby paid parking lots.

Himeji City Museum of Art