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【The major cleaning project for New Year will be conducted at Himeji Castle】
On the major cleaning operation day for New Year, JGSDF will clean up the castle, especially the places where are usually difficult to be taken care of (ex, the cut and removal at small weeds on the stone walls, the cleaning of inner moat), as a part of their trainings.
This activity started in 1976 and became on the annual event since then. This year will be the 45th.
Incidentally, due to the spread of COVID-19, we will not accept citizen participants to the activity this year. We would appreciate your understandings.

■Date: December 2nd (Wed) 2020 *No rain date
・The opening ceremony : December 1st (Tue) 7:20 am
・The closing ceremony : December 2nd (Wed) 3:00 pm

7:00 am ~ 4:00 pm (The schedule way change)
【Notification of a free admission day】
Himeji Castle offers a free admission to everyone on Friday, 11th December, 2020. It’s the commemorative day when the Castle was registered on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Sites. We sincerely look forward to having you visit us.
Currently, we ask visitors to take off their shoes to visit the main keep and the long corridor in the west bailey. Slippers were available only in the winter season.
However, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection, we are suspending the loan of slippers for the time being.
If you are concerned about your feet getting cold due to the cold floor, we recommend that you bring thick socks or indoor shoes.
Due to the wooden structure, the stairs are steep and slippery.
Please be careful.
【Requests to all visitors】
In order to ensure the safety and security of visitors to Himeji Castle, we have installed hand sanitizers, worn masks for staffs, and disinfected handrails and ticket vending machines in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid19. It is essential to prevent viruses not only between staff and visitors, but also between visitors and visitors. In order to prevent the spread of infection, please cooperate with the following.
*As a general rule, visitors not wearing masks are not allowed to enter, except for infants etc. However, to protect you from heat stroke, please take off your face mask in moderation when there are few people around you (
Secure at least 2 meters).
*Please make sure to bring bottled beverage with a lid to protect you from heat stroke.
*Admission may be denied to those who have a fever, cough or other symptoms of a cold, or who are not feeling well.
*Please use hand sanitizer at the entrance gate.
*Please keep as much social distance as possible (about 2 meters) from staffs and other visitors.
*To prevent congestion, admission may be restricted.
【Service information】

The following e-money services will be newly available from AUG. 3rd, 2020.
In addition to the existing cash, credit cards, and Union Pay QR payments, new methods of payment are now available: “e-money”, “nanaco”, “iD”, “Rakuten Edy”, “QUICPay+” and “WAON”.

<Available Payment Methods>
◆e-money (WAON/Rakuten Edy/QUICPay+/iD/nanaco/ICOCA, Suica and other transportation – related e-money)
◆QR Payment (Union Pay QR cord)
<notes> Union Pay credit card (QR code payments are not accepted at ticket machines).

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