What to Expect
Getting off at JR Himeji Station, you will be astonished by the breathtaking view of Himeji Castle. It is often called "white heron." Let's walk through the main street to the Castle about 1 km away from the train station.
Now you are at the main castle gate. Behind you is the beautiful castle tower. You can walk up to the top. You will enjoy its beautiful scenery like feudal lords and princesses did in the 16th century. Now you are a samurai lord or an elegant princess. After the castle you will visit traditional Kokoen nearby. It is famous for its Japanese style garden and samurai residences.
Now you may be starving. Why don't you try Japanese dishes such as sushi, tempura, and Chinese style noodles?
After lunch, off we go to healing Shoshazan Engyoji Temple about 25-minute ride away. Back in the day, Emperors & Empereses and court nobles visited here to feel and . It's still retaining very quiet atmosphere of the 10th century. So today it is noted as a shooting place for movies like "The Last Samurai" played by Tom Cruise. Why don't you sit on its passage way like he did in the film? You surely are a great Busho or samurai lord!