Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan. About 3 million people visit the castle each year. It was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993 and is the best-preserved feudal castle. It is beautiful on the outside, as well as the inside, and is worth visiting! This is my Himeji Castle Experience!
Getting to Himeji from larger tourist cities is relatively easy. I was coming from Hiroshima, and hopped onto a Shinkansen for about an hour. You can also go to Himeji from cities like Kyoto and Osaka, by getting on any Shinkansen that stops at JR Himeji station. This journey takes less than an hour. The JR pass can be used on the Shinkansen to the JR Himeji Station. Once you get to the JR Himeji Station, it is only a short 15-minute walk to Himeji Castle, going through Otemaedori Shopping street. The walk to the castle is a great way to get the feel of the city Himeji.
The admission to the Himeji castle is 1000 yen. The interior of the castle is a 6 story building with only one way in and one way down. The stairs get taller and steeper the further you go up in the castle. I definitely had a little bit of trouble with the amount of stairs. When entering, everyone needs to remove their shoes to preserve the wooden floors. The walk through the castle and the inner floor can take about an hour and the top floor has a small shrine and you can view out the castle from all directions and look at the city of Himeji. Being able to see the whole city of is such a great part of the Himeji Castle Experience.
The surrounding garden areas of the castle are carefully designed with beautiful trees and plants and make for a perfect blend of history and natural elegance. The area is a very popular spot during cherry blossom season as well.
Just a 10-minute walk from Himeji Castle is the coziest coffee shop, Travel book & coffee HUB CAFE. The cafe has the most relaxing atmosphere with many travel books and comfy couches to sit on. They have an extensive menu from Curry, sandwiches, cakes to lattes. The atmosphere of the cafe was calm, and the staff was also very kind. I spent about an hour at this cafe and it was so nice after a long walk around the castle.
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