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.

How to apply for Special Viewing

To apply for special viewing of collections of the Himeji City Museum of Art, including use of their images, careful viewing, copying/reproduction, and shooting as part of research and study, use the following links to download an Application Form. Complete the form, affix a seal/signature thereon, and return it to the address below, together with a project proposal (document in any format that describes the purpose of use of images and the research objectives, as well as the expected circulation and prices in the case of use of images.

After screening and subsequent procedures are conducted by the Museum, a permit and a payment notice for the special viewing fee (please see application form for fee schedule) will be sent. The special viewing fee should, in principle, be paid beforehand. In using the images, applicants must observe the following:

-The duration of special viewing shall be observed.

-Borrowed images shall not be transferred, diverted, or used for any purpose other than that/those applied for.

-For works under copyright protection, the applicant is responsible for obtaining approval from the authors thereof (or their lawful successors).

-Borrowed images shall not be printed or written on or be trimmed, in principle.

-When publishing borrowed images, such credits, captions, and other data as may be designated by the Himeji City Museum of Art shall be displayed.

-The final prints of images thus borrowed shall be sent to the Museum with sufficient time allowed for proofreading.

-The Museum’s collections shall be indicated as such, together with the name of each artist and the title of each work.

-The applicant shall be liable for compensation for lost or damaged photos.

-Borrowed digital data shall not be reproduced or altered. Borrowed digital data on hard disc, server, or any other digital storage medium shall be deleted immediately after use.

-Two copies of publications which contain the borrowed images, or duplicates thereof, shall be submitted to the Museum.


Ref. <Project Outline for Special Viewing Application (Digital Images, etc.)>(PDF; 27KB)


Special Viewing Fees

Classifications  Unit price
Careful viewing  JPY1,000
Copying  JPY2,000
Reproduction  JPY2,000
Shooting   JPY3,000
Use of digital images   JPY2,000
Use of photo negatives   JPY2,000
Use of prints  JPY2,000


Special Viewing Application for Approval

Special Viewing Application for Approval (Word, 23 KB)

Special Viewing Application for Approval (PDF; 110KB)


Notes on completing forms

Use the seal of your organization (official seal, company seal, etc.). (Consult us for application by an individual.)

For the “Duration” (Special Viewing), specify the date(s) of careful viewing, copying, reproduction, and shooting, or the length of time of use of images (e.g., from the desired date of use to the date of issuance).

The “Number of Persons” (Special Viewing) may be left blank in the case of use of images.

Prepare a separate list if application is being made for a large number of works.

Please fill in only the parts within bold lines.


Please also submit a project proposal.

We do not accept application forms sent via facsimile or as e-mail attachments.

Please allow about two weeks from the date of submission of an application for the permit and payment notice to be sent to you.



Himeji City Museum of Art