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Explore 3 Unique and Impressive Realms of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture!

Himeji. By just looking at the word, most people will only think of one thing.. Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle is a stunning castle that was bestowed the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as “One of Japan’s three premier castles”. Himeji Castle is definitely worth a visit. However, despite these bold titles,…

Koko-En Near Himeji Castle: 9 Beautiful Gardens Wrapped Into One

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality, a Japanese garden was constructed in 1992. It was called Koko-en Garden or Himeji Koko-en. It is located next to Himeji Castle and covers an area of 3.5 hectares consisting of nine beautiful gardens. travel.davidmbyrne.com/ The Garden’s Design zh.zekkeijapan.com/ The main location of the…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

Himeji Castle: 5 Best Ways to View this World Heritage Site

What do you think of when you picture a castle? In Japan, the image of a castle is quite a distinctive one. Castles, though built to protect nobility and defend them against enemies, still have a certain beautiful quality. Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is the largest of these castles in Japan. It has so…

Relax and Unwind in the Beautiful Awaji Hanasajiki Garden

Looking for a nice relaxing garden to enjoy some beautiful flowers in the weekend but do not want the hassle of traveling all the way to Hokkaido to do so? Why not stop by Awaji Hanasajiki, a garden located in Awajishima. Author’s photo Various flowers are grown at different times in the year depending on…

Kinosaki Hot Springs Town: Relaxing Getaway from the Big City

One of the foreign-friendly places to visit in Japan is the Kansai region. Located in the southern-central part of Honshu, the region is considered to be the cultural and historical heart of the country. Here, you can find the place Kinosaki, a perfect getaway from the busy metropolitan area where you can stroll around the…

The “Castle in the sky” : Takeda, Hyogo prefecture

Often referred as Japan’s Machu Picchu by local residents, Takeda Castle seems to be floating in the air, it looks like a castle in the famous animated film “Castle in the Sky” produced in 1986 by Ghibli Studio. jp.fotolia.com/ Located at an altitude of 353.7 meters above sea level, in the Wadayamacho District of Asago,…

Visit the ruins of Sky Floating Castle from 15th century!

Locally referred to as the “Machu Pichu” of Japan, this astounding castle was built at 353 meter altitude and can be seen surrounded by the sea of clouds; that’s why it is also called the castle in the sky. Takeda Castle: The Castle in the Sky odditycentral.com If you are a drama addict and you…