Spots in Himeji / Ako / Harima Area

  • Himeji Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    Also known as the White Heron Castle, this shining white castle is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Structures such as the castle tower built in the early Edo period still stand today, and these are also registered as National treasures and national Important Cultural Properties. One of the most prominent theories is that the castle was originally erected as a fort by Akamatsu Sadanori in 1346. Ikeda Terumasa began renovating the castle when he became the lord of the castle after the Battle of Sekigahara, expanding it into the expansive compound seen today. The castle tower is located in the southeast corner of the foundation. The castle looks to be composed of five tiers from the outside and internally is comprised of six floors above ground and one subterranean level. The castle shining a blinding white in the light of the sun is truly a beautiful sight.
  • Ako Oishi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Kamikariya 131-7
    Oishi-jinja Shrine is dedicated to Oishi Yoshio (Kuranosuke) and the 47 Ronin (masterless samurai) from the Chushingura literature. As the 47 Ronin endured a difficult 22-month period, it's thought worshiping here will make one's greatest wish come true. It's on the north side of the Ako Castle Ruins. The shrine's Gishi Treasure House and Gishi Museum have displays of Kuranosuke's swords as well as items connected to the 47 Ronin. It's a great chance to learn more about Ako Gishi, another name for the 47 Ronin. The Ako Gishi Festival is held on December 14 every year to commemorate the 47 Ronin's raid on the Kira Residence. It's a lively event with crowds and parades through downtown Ako, as well as lantern stands lit in honor of the Ronin along the way to the shrine.

    There were questions unanswered from my first visit which I was able to this time. The temple is more than just the building you see. there is a four building museum there to explain further the...

  • Taiyo Park
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Uchikoshi 1342-6
    This theme park is in Uchikoshi, Himeji City. Here you can take in replicas of the Arc de Triomphe, Moai statues, 1,000 Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids, a two-thirds scale reproduction of Neuschwanstein Castle, and more. You can try your hand at sandblasting crafts or making mugs, and they rent traditional outfits from cultures around the world. Women can borrow them for free. Their Welcome House Swan facility has a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and more. Entry is free.

    Where we parked was next to a baseball field and on the opposite side of the road to the castle. The main park area was a few hundred meters further down the road. It was confusing and there seemed...

  • Himeji City Zoo
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    3.0
    221 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This zoo is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. They have about 30 species, 150 and more of mammals, including elephants and giraffes, over 60 species and 200 of birds such as penguins and flamingos, and more than 10 types of reptiles. Visitors can interact with the animals twice a day in their Fureai Hiroba area. They also have over 10 attractions including a Ferris wheel and a monorail, as well as a room that exhibits taxidermy.

    Animals kept in appalling miserable conditions. So sad and cant believe Japan allows this. We left deeply upset.

  • Tojoko Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Katoushi Kurodani 1216
    "A theme park located a 10-minute drive from the Hyogo-Tojo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Filled with an array of play facilities sure to delight children, the park is broadly divided into three areas. The ""Toy Room"" area contains a huge variety of toys, from the latest, trending toys to old favorites. In the ""Attraction"" area, there are rides and play equipment for children 0 years of age and older (children must be accompanied by a guardian 15 years of age or older). In the ""Pool"" area, only open in summer, there is a wide array of facilities, including ones suitable for toddlers, ensuring the whole family can have fun."

    前に家族と行きました。 黄色レールのジェットコースターが一番目立ちめちゃ乗りたいと思って行って見ると、頭がポカーンとなりました。 乗り場と上に上がるレールだけ残されており 他のレールは撤退済みらしく 何のために残され放置してるのかさっぱり 残念です

  • Roadside Station Mitsu
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Mitsuchoumurotsu 896-23
    A roadside station situated along National Route 250 a 20-minute drive from the Tatsuno-nishi interchange. The station has a shop selling fresh, local seafood and specialty products, and a restaurant serving oyster and other course meals. Facing the Harima Sea, visitors can gather shellfish from the beachside plaza, an activity particularly popular with families with children. With an advance reservation, visitors can also try dragnet fishing. Visitors can barbecue on the station's terrace, a popular activity frequently featured in magazines.

    The MiChi road station is a great place for BBQ, short stay, shopping with local farm productions n seafoods. 商店有很多土產賣的。也可以看著海,慢慢消磨時光。亦可以在此進行BBQ 活動。各式其式 好不寫意,我好喜歡這處!

  • Shiosai-Kirara Syokichi
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Misaki 2-8
    This hot spring hotel located at the tip of Ako Misaki has an expansive view of the Seto Inland Sea that visitors can enjoy while soaking at Soten-no-Yu, their large public bath. The view of sunset over the horizon is stunning. The lounge overlooks the sea as well and is a great place to relax after your bath while taking in the scenery. They even have a device that makes half-boiled onsen tamago eggs that will make you feel like you've stepped into a hot spring town. Close to tourist spots like Fukuura Beach and Iwatsuhime Shrine, it's a good base for sightseeing. They welcome people just stopping by to use the baths.

    Everything is good .. The hotel shuttle bus from Banshuako The reception and service were excellent Rotenburo with nice view of the sea, esp at sunrise. Comfortable room with view of the...

  • Ako Seaside Park
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Misaki 1857-5
    This expansive park is approximately ten minutes by car from the Sanyo Expressway's Ako Interchange. Built on a large former saltpan in 1987, it gives a glimpse into Ako's history. It has lots of entertaining spots for the whole family, including a boat and canoe launch, the Wanpaku Playground with a shipwreck-shaped playscape and obstacle courses, and the Wakuwaku Fun Park with rides like a large Ferris wheel. There's lots of greenery, so it's a great place for a stroll while taking in the birdlife and seasonal flowers. It has a car camping ground too, so you can enjoy the beautiful environment at your leisure.

    good place for family with kids.very cheap.lotsa choice to enjoy the whole day.you wont get bored.but lack of good foods.i suggest to bring youre own.perfect for picnic tho...o(^_-)O

  • Yumenoi
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    3.5
    76 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Yumesakichoumaenoshou 187
    A hot spring hotel located in Maenosho, Yumesaki-cho, Himeji City. Facilities include the indoor Mantenboshi and outdoor Tenshu-no-Yu bathing areas, a medicinal bath, lie down bath, jet bath, micro bubble bath, carbonated bath, jacuzzi, and other baths, plus a sauna. Located on a hill, customers can also enjoy the bathhouse' sweeping view of the surrounding mountains. The hotel's bathhouse is also open to non-guests. The hotel's casual restaurant serves reasonably priced lunches, while its more formal restaurant offers a kaiseki course cuisine lunch (advance reservation required).

    There are quite a few onsen hotels in the area but I found Yumenoi a very nice hotel in the area. It is located up on the low hill over looking some beautiful farm lands. There are ample parking in...

  • Banshu Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Katoushi Hiraki 1194
    "A Buddhist temple located a 20-minute drive from the Sanda-nishi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. The temple has two main buildings, the Daikodo enshrine a thousand-armed statue of Kannon and the Konponchudo enshrining an 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva which is rarely shown to the public, the temple's principal object of worship. Cherry trees and rhododendrons grow on the grounds and visitors can enjoy the sight of their blossoms from late April to mid-May. The temple is also the 25th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage and, in order to distinguish it from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, the temple is also known as the ""Banshu Kiyomizu-dera."""

    こちらの大講堂は、清水寺の入り口というか下の方というか最初の方にある立派な建物で建物の回りに回廊があります。また、この講堂の右奥の石段を上ると根本中堂に行くことが出来るようになっていました。

  • Himeji City Aquarium
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Nishinobusue Within 440 Teigarayama Chuo Park
    This aquarium is in Tegarayama Central Park in Nishinobusue, Himeji City. Its main building has marine life including sea turtles, penguins, and schools of pilchard, and its annex is home to an African spurred tortoise and freshwater fish. A stream on the roof of the main building lets kids interact with the fish, and a biotope reproduces a typical pond from the Harima region. They regularly offer staff commentary and hold sessions where you can feed the marine life too.

    Worth a visit if youre in Tegara, I suppose, but otherwise there is a better aquarium in Osaka. Its a relatively small and dull aquarium meant to entertain young kids. The fish you can see arent...

  • Hokkesan Ichijo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Sakamotochou 821-17
    "A Buddhist temple located right next to the ""Hokkesan-ichijoji"" bus stop. This temple is the 26th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, a 33 temple pilgrimage which centers on Kyoto. A Tendai Buddhist temple founded by the Indian high priest Hodo in 650, The temple's Heian period silk painting depicting Prince Shotoku and the high priest of the Tendai sect, as well as its three tier Pagoda believed to have been built in 1171, are designated National Treasures. The temple owns numerous other statues and structures designated national, prefectural, or city Cultural Properties, including the main temple building. In fall, the grounds are colored with spectacular fall foliage, attracting many tourists."

    National tresure,3 storied pagoda, was awesome. This temple has lots of old buildings and beautiful landscape. Fall season is the best to see its fall foliage.Worth visiting.This temple is a great...

  • Hiromine-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Hiromineyama 52
    This Shinto shrine at Mt. Hiromineyama in Himeji City was founded in 734 by Kibi no Makibi. It honors Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who is said to provide boons related to agriculture, production, auspicious dates, and marriage. It's also considered the main shrine of the deity Gozu Tenno. The main hall and hall of worship have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The shine's also known for its deep affiliation with the feudal lord Kuroda Kanbei.

    From the outside, it may look like any other shrine, however, theres a wooden building behind, where there is a wall with 12 holes representing different gods (somewhat like zodiac signs or 12...

  • Himeji City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68-25
    This art museum is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. It's housed in a red brick building that was constructed as an army warehouse during the Meiji period. Its collection consists of about 3,700 works from artists with ties to the region, as well as modern art from Japan and abroad. Their permanent exhibit in their Kunitomi Keizo Collection Room features Modern French paintings by Corot, Pizarro, Monet, Rouault, Matisse, and Utrillo. They also have a collection gallery, a sculpture garden, and they hold special and public exhibitions.

    Te permanent collection was not open to the public, so we just saw the temporary exhibition and I found it a bit too small. But the library which is on the right side after the ticket office its...

  • Sea Station Shiosai Ichiba
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Sakoshi 290-7
    Take a fishing boat from this port on Sakoshi Bay to go fishing at the best fishing spot or experience teichi-ami fixed net fishing. Their fishing programs also give you the chance to eat your catch with wappa-jiru soup and hama-meshi rice together with your fellow passengers. The season runs between April and October. From November to March they offer all-you-can-eat oysters and the event where visitors can experience oyster shucking. In January and February, you can purchase a whole string of oysters farmed from their oyster rafts (must order in advance). You can take them with you or rent a space to charcoal-grill them on the spot.

    坂越の牡蠣が美味しいと聞き来てみた。 くいどうらくで生を食べる。全くクセがなくホントに美味しかった! 焼き牡蠣はなんの味もつけなくても飽きずに食べられる。牡蠣のダシの美味しいこと!旨みが濃厚。想像のを越えた美味しさに、感動(*≧▽≦) 屋台で売ってるカキのフライも生地にアオサがはいってて美味 美味しいという坂越の牡蠣、噂はホントでした笑

  • Ohshiko Shrine
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Takasagoshi Amidachou Oshiko 171 National Historic Site Stone Treasure Hall
    "A Shinto shrine located close to the Takasago City Gymnasium in Takasago City, Hyogo Prefecture. The shrine is primarily dedicated to the gods Oanamuji no Mikoto and Sukunabikona no Mikoto. The shrine's stunning Ishi no Hoden is a giant, 6.4 meter wide, 5.7 meter tall, and 7.2 meter long stone shrine which itself is viewed as a shintai, or object housing a god; designed to look as if it were floating on water, it is also known as the ""Floating Stone."" This rock shrine, along with the salt pan of Shiogama-jinja Shrine and the giant halberd of Kirishima-jingu Shrine, is counted as one of the ""Three Shinto Curiosities of Japan"" and is a popular mystical ""power spot."" Each year on the third Saturday and Sunday of October, the shrine holds the Banshu no Aki Festival, and during this time battles are held between portable shrines, crashing them together to show the power of the gods."

    Having seen pictures of this huge stone which appears to float on water, I was pleasantly surprised to find the boulder is part of a serene Shinto shrine up in the hills looking down on the cities...

  • Yokawa Onsen Yokatan
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Mikishi Yokawachoukichiyasu 222
    "A hot spring bathhouse located inside Yamadanishiki no Sato in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture. The bathhouse' carbon dioxide containing sodium - chloride - hydrogen carbonate strong saline spring contains an abundance of carbonic acid. The bathhouse has two indoor bath areas and three outdoor bath areas, each either classified as a ""Sachi no Yu"" or a ""Fuku no Yu-which is the men's and which the women's alternates on a weekly basis. There are also three family baths, one made of stone (Megumi), one of wood (Nagomi), and one wheelchair friendly (Shiomi)-each requires an advance reservation."

    月に一回ぐらいの酒風呂が最高です。 炭酸と日本酒が混ざってものすごい泡泡風呂になってます。お肌もピチピチになりました。 休憩室も綺麗で風呂上がりのソフトクリームも絶品でした。 酒風呂目指してまた行きたいですo(^-^)o

  • Kashima Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Takasagoshi Amidachou Jitoku 279
    "A Shinto shrine located a five-minute drive from JR Sone Station on the San'yo Main Line. Dedicated to the gods Futsunushi-no-Kami and Takemikazuchi-no-kami, the shrine is notable for its titanium torii gate, the largest of its kind in Japan and boasting a 1,500-year lifespan. Created in the Myojin torii style in 1998, the gate is a symbol of the shrine. Intone the prayer, ""rokkon shojo nareba negaigoto joju sezaru wa nashi"" (""if I purify the six roots of perception, my wish will be granted""), walk around the main shrine building the number of times equal to their age in years, and their wish will be granted."

    今年も参拝しました。正月は大混雑し駐車場代がかかりますが、成人の日ころなら人込みもなく駐車場もタダ、ゆっくりお参りできます。

  • Ibonoito Museum Somen-no-Sato
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Kamiokachouokumura 56
    A museum located west of the Okumura Haiji temple a 15-minute drive from the Himeji-nishi, Tatsuno, and Fukuda interchanges. Operated by the Hyogo Prefecture Tenobe Somen Cooperative, famous for making Ibonoito Somen noodles, the museum has a demonstration corner where visitors can watch Somen being stretched to three times their length using a pole, a sample corner, and a room from which visitors can watch a factory making noodles beyond a glass window. The museum's shop sells Somen noodles, Hiyamugi cold noodles, and other local products. A restaurant on the first floor serves gozen meals which come with your choice of Zaru somen noodles on a serving basket or Nyumen noodles in broth. The restaurant also offers Somen sushi rolls only available in limited quantities each day. The museum is closed on Mondays.

    たまたま前を通ったので立ち寄ってみました。 試食のそうめんもいただけるし、お土産ものも購入できます。 ドライブの休憩としても使える場所だと思いました

  • Taiunzan Kagakuji Temple
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Kariya 1992
    "This temple is about ten minutes on foot from JR Banshu-Ako Station. Founded in 1645, it was the family temple of feudal lords who controlled the Ako Domain, including the Asano, Nagai, and Mori clans, with ties to Oishi clan and the Ako Gishi samurai. The Gishi Treasure Hall displays over 50 items related to the Ako incident in the Genroku era. There's an ancient stump on the grounds known as the ""Oishi-nagori Pine"" from a tree that lived during the era. The temple holds regular Zen meditation, Buddhist scripture copying, and tea ceremony gatherings, and anyone can participate, regardless of their religious affiliation. Once a month they hold a bread-making class starting at 5 a.m. too."

    Probably if you are not familiar with the story of the 47 Ronin, Kagakuji would be a pleasant stop on a trip to Ako. I would recommend seeing it even if you have never heard about the legendary...

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