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Himeji Guest House Engakudou Reviews

8-2yanagi machi, Himeji, Japan

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102 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Nice peaceful hostel few minutes walk from the castle. Nothing to complain.


Pros: The manager is very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic Cons: No internet in the dorms that aren't in the house. The owner says it's 'mobile internet' but in truth it won't load webpages on a phone, though just about handles instant messaging apps (but no photos) so you need to go into the main house to use it. There was no mirror in the dorms that aren't in the house so I couldn't shave. The door to the dorms that aren't in the house are often left unlocked.


This is a true guest house. The house is very traditional Japanese style and I loved it. Hiroshi gave me a tip to walk up a hill 2 min from the house and I got the best view of Himeiji Castle I was surprised there was no line or any one there at all, a true secret garden and great view of the whole city or place to watch the sunset.


Very hard to find but near the castle if that is your thing there are no direction signs and the only sign that has the name is very small and on a wood plank this was quite annoying I would suggest they make arrow signs and put them down the street to help people find the place.. the only guy running it was nice but not not a very old carpenter and the 2nd house is very crappie compared to the main house the 2nd house does not have real wifi


Our host was awesome and the place was so nice to stay in. Very authentic and very quaint. Have to duck a lot if you're six foot but all part of the experience! Don't let the location put you off it is easy to get to if you follow the map. Would recommend and would stay here again

  • 10th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Lovely guest house. Staff are lovely and welcoming. Just ask at tourist info for directions they will give u a map makes it really easy to find.


Staff knows little English. Not helpful at all. She does not even know there is a bus going to her hostel and makes people walked 20 minutes (with backpack!) for it.


The room was quite spacious and the building in eneral was cute and comfy. Japanese feel to it, hardish beds, quiet street. Very close to the castle but a bit of a walk from the station and such. Friendly staff. I requested a 4 bed dorm but ended up in an 8 bed, though I didn't care and didn't complain as I was just there to sleep and other guests were generally quiet. The layout is a little quirky but overall it's nice, especially considering the limited budget options in Himeji.


We had a great time at Engakudou with nice talking, house concert, drinking sake etc.! On top: Observing fireflyes at the river by night was a fantastic experience! Thanks very much for taking us there!


Nice stay. Great time over there. Nice old house.

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