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Oriental dreams - Himeji

A March 2000 trip to Himeji by ariesgirl

Quote: An unplanned and unexpected day. With suggestion from fellow lodger at a Youth Hostel, I visited the cleverly-designed Japanese castle where a Japanese princess lived before, in the town which literally means "The road to (see) Princess" [Himeji]!

Oriental dreams - Himeji

Overview

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Go to a far away rail station of Himeji where there is a lovely castle. Get a free (human) English guide. Hear about the clever design of the building, walk in and see and imagine how it was like to live there! Himeji: Hime = princess; Ji = Road. That is, the road to see princess. There was a princess living in the castle and now there are models showing the live in the castle. Clever defensive castle. Small shrine at the top. Nice view there. National grade historic site. It is many times nicer than the Osaka castle which is only a modern museum in the inside. Quick Tips: Get a Japan Rail (JR -West) Kansei area Rail Pass before you arrive Japan. That is cheaper than t...Read More

Himeji Castle

Attraction

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It is black & white wooden Japanese castle with moat of clever interior design. It is a listed UNESCO World Heritage. 5 stories appearance but actually 7 stories including 1 basement for defence/security purpose. Family crest everywhere in building materials. Good view at the top.English pamplet and free human English-speaking guide available! Nice walk and museum visits after the tours. (Avoid peak hours traffic when leaving though.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

Himeji Castle
68 Hon-machi
Himeji, Japan

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