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Himeji

A day in Himeji

Himeji is a nice little city in the Kansai region, just west of Kobe. I particularly like Himeji for its chilled slow pace of life.

Himeji Castle

However, the main draw of Himeji is the castle, which is probably the most impressive and beautiful in all of Japan. It is one of the last remaining original great castles of the feudal era of Japan. It has an impressive 6 floors and amazing walls and keep. The history of the castle is long and complicated but came to what it is now by Tokugawa Iyesi who was the most powerful Shogun in Japan's history and awarded the castle to Ikeda Terumasa in 1600 for his help in the battle of Sekigahara, who was the Daimyo (lord) of Himeji. He then built it into the 6 story castle as it is today. The castle is the biggest original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is highly worth visiting Himeji for this.

►Admission: 1000 yen

►Hours: 9:00-17:00

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Himeji castle in the distance

Himeji castle in the distance

Himeji Castle at night. I must say, it's very beautiful

Himeji Castle at night. I must say, it's very beautiful

The walls that surround the main keep are also very impressive at Himeji Castle

The walls that surround the main keep are also very impressive at Himeji Castle

Koko-en Garden

One of the prettiest and biggest gardens in Kansai, Koko-en was built in 1992 to commemorate 100 year anniversary of the establishment of the Himeji municipality. Koko-en garden actually has 9 different gardens inside the area, all of which are different and have their own themes.

►Admission: 300 yen

►Hours: 9:00-18:00

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Stunning autumn colours at Koko-en gardens.

Stunning autumn colours at Koko-en gardens.

I must say, the Koko-en gardens in Himeji are one of the prettiest in all of Japan

I must say, the Koko-en gardens in Himeji are one of the prettiest in all of Japan

There are 9 sub gardens in the Koko-en gardens, Himeji.

There are 9 sub gardens in the Koko-en gardens, Himeji.