- Visitors to Himeji tend to arrive by train, most likely at JR Shinkansen station. Once you get out of the gates, you will immediately be greeted by a tourist information desk where the staff are able to get you a rental bicycle for free! We suggest you accept their offer.
- Ride your shiny new bike down along Otemae-dori, the wide avenue that connects the train station with the biggest tourist magnet in town – the magnificent Himeji Castle.
- Park you bike at the square and head over the bridge that leads you to the park surrounding the castle. You can spend a long time here just strolling around and admiring the view of the castle from every imaginable angle.
- Pay the admission fee of 1,000 yen to gain access to the inner castle grounds, and of course, the castle itself. This is one of the oldest castles in Japan, and we highly recommend that you actually take the time to climb all the stairs up to the top. Not only will you learn how a real Japanese castle looks on the inside, but also because the view from the upper floors is gorgeous, especially if you manage to be here during the cherry blossom season.
- Head out from the castle area and over to Kokoen, a charming Japanese garden located next to the castle. There is a nice little tea house in the garden, where you can have some delicious Japanese sweets.
- Once you are done at Kokoen Gardens, hop on your bike again and ride it to the opposite side of the castle grounds where you will find the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History. Even if you are not planning to actually visit the museum, it's worth it to head over just to have a look at the impressive building itself, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando.
- Continue riding your bike past the Shirotopia Memorial Park, behind the Museum of History and cross the bridge over the moat. A few minutes further down the road, you will find another impressive structure. This is the Himeji City Museum of Literature, which also happens to be the architectural work of Tadao Ando.
- Ride your bike back to the station and return it to the Information Center, you will not need it anymore today as you are done exploring all of Himeji’s famous sightseeing spots.
- For dinner, head to the narrow streets behind Sanyo Himeji station. Here you will find a myriad of small restaurants, without a doubt there will be one that suits your palate (and your wallet).
Himeji - Itineraries
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