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HEADS UP! Japan Consumer Tax is going up by 10% by 1st October 2019. As a result, JR Pass prices are going up then. We recommend buying your Japan Rail Pass before then to make use of the old cheaper prices. 

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We are currently undergoing a few updates and housekeeping bits on the website until Sunday the 29th of Sept, so parts of the website will look odd/may not function as normal. We do apologise for the inconvenience. 

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Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan
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The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto
The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park
Things to do in Kyoto
Visit Kobe for the day

If you're venturing around Japan, you'll likely be going by train as it is by far the most efficient way to get around Japan. Buying a Japan Rail Pass will make it even more efficient and far cheaper. Click here to pick one up from the official vendor. 

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.

A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

Things to do in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

Visit Kobe for the day

Visit Kobe for the day