MuseumsHimeji Historical Peace Center
During the Pacific War, Himeji City suffered tremendous damage from two major air raids that reduced most of the city area to scorched earth and claimed more than 500 precious lives.
To promote measures for peace, Himeji City has delared itself a "City for Peace" and an "Anti-Nuclear City for Peace."
As the years have passed, the tragedy of the war and people's wartime experiences have faded from people's memories.
The Himeji Peace Museum was established to convey the horrors of war and the priceless nature of peace to future generations.
There are five areas in the permanent exhibition room: "Himeji, Beautiful Castle Town," "Himeji Castle Covered," "Himeji Castle in Flames," "Resurrecting Himeji Castle," and "Praying for Peace." In addition to photo panels and displays of actual items, there are also restored houses and air-raid shelters from the time.
In the "Himeji Castle in Flames" section, which includes videos, audio, vibrations, and dioramas, visitors can see videos about the lives of Japanese people in Himeji and other cities during air raids, and experience the horror of an air raid itself through the eerie sounds of falling bombs and the horrible noise and vibration of the explosions.
In the audiovisual corner, visitors can see videos about war-damaged cities throughout Japan, hear narratives and readings of personal accounts of air raid experiences, and see a digitalized picture show from the war years.
The museum also holds annual Spring Special Exhibitions, Non-Nuclear Peace Exhibitions, Autumn Special Exhibitions, and Vault Exhibitions to educate visitors about the horros of war and the preciousness of peace, displaying valuable photographs and actual items from the time.
Coin locker available
Accepts credit cards
- Train: 15 minute walk to the west from Tegara Station on the Sanyo Line
Bus: Take Shinki Bus and get off at "Himeji-shi Bunka Center-mae" bus stop or "Himeji-shi Chuo Oroshiuriba-mae" bus stop.
- Tegarayama Peak Parking Lot
- Business Hours
- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
- Adults 210 yen / Elementary & Junior High School Students 50 yen (20% discount for groups of 20 or more)
*Free for holders of a physical disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or health and welfare certificate for the mentally disabled and one caregiver upon presentation of certificate.
*Elementary and junior high school students are admitted free of charge upon presentation of a Donguri Card or Cocolon Card.
*Free of charge for Himeji City residents 65 years old and over upon presentation of a Himeji City Senior Citizen's Welfare Card.
Special Exhibitions: Free
- Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), the day after national holidays (except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), December 28th - January 5th
- Barrier-Free Information
- No steps at entrance / No steps in hallway / Wheelchair accessible toilet / Wheelchair rental service / Elevator for wheelchair users
- 47-5 Nishinobusue, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0971
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