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Out side of HOSHINOKO YAKATAHOSHINOKO YAKATA("Himeji Municipal Accommodation and Facilities Center" or "Children's seminar House") was founded in 1992 to help children come in contact with nature. The building was designed by the famous architect Mr. Tadao Ando.
We have

  • Facilities for children (Library, Recreation Room, etc.)
  • Astronomical observatory (A 90cm reflecting telescope used for educational and research programs.)
  • Lodging guest rooms
  • The restaurant

Visitor's Guide

stained glass of Hoshinoko Yakata

Opening Time

  • Facilities for children; 9:00-17:00
  • Star gazing program; 19:00-21:00
  • Restaurant; 11:30-15:00(L.O. 14:30)

Closure day

  • 2nd Wednesday on the month (Except Aug. & Dec.)
  • Dec. 28 - Jan. 4

Admission fee

You can look around the institution at no cost.



More information about access of Himeji city :Official Tourist site

From International Airport to Himeji Station

From Tokyo Narita airport(NRT) to Himeji station.
 -> Tokyo Station (Train or Airport's Bus: 2hours) -> Himeji Station ("Shinkansen" : 4hours)

From Kansai International airport(KIX) to Himeji station.
 (1)-> Osaka station (Train : 1hour)  -> Himeji Station (Train or "Shinkansen" : 1hour)
 (2)-> Himeji Station (Airport's Bus : 2hours)

From Himeji station to "HOSHINOKO YAKATA"

By Bus(There are only 5 bus a day , please be careful)

- Take the bus bound for "No.37 Ohichi".
- Get off at "Hoshinoko Yakata Mae (In front of Hoshinoko Yakata)" stop. (20 min from Himeji station, The fare is 280yen)
Bus timetable
Since 2015/04/01
From Himeji station
to "Hoshinoko Yakata Mae"
From "Hoshinoko Yakata Mae"
to Himeji station
weekday Sunday, Saturday and holiday weekday Sunday, Saturday and holiday
8:10 8:10 8:54 8:54
9:25 9:10 10:04 9:54
12:15 12:10 12:54 12:54
15:15 15:10 15:54 15:54
17:15 17:10 17:54 17:54

By Taxi

The fare is about 3000yen

By Bicycle

There is the free bicycle rental service at Himeji station. From Himeji station to here is about 8km(30-40min).