Day 4 - Himeji (and Crisis 1/3)
We meant to do a half-day in Himeji and the other half in Kobe, but on the very first train (and the very first ride of our Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass) my husband LOST HIS WALLET with his ICOCA, JR Pass, and 13000 yen in it. Yikes. So we spent most of our day coordinating with local police, the Himeji Station lost and found, and our expat friends who could help us translate.
But, we did step away to make time to walk over to the amazing Himeji Castle, a beautifully preserved castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most treasured landmarks in all Japan! Walking through Himeji is a trip on so many levels, because one of the first things you notice about the castle is how lavish and beautiful and elegant it is. This is a bit misleading! Himeji Castle isn't just a pretty face -- this castle is also loaded with defenses for wartime, tricky paths with ports cut out for attack, moats, and a pivotal location where you can see all the plains around it. Himeji Castle kicks ass.
The guided tours through the castle are a must and any trip to this area that doesn't include Himeji would be a shame! We documented most of this part of the trip through video, so not many pics to share, but it's one of the most photographed landmarks probably ever, so look it up if interested!
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