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Himeji (陝具スォ髴搾スッ陝カ繝サ, located in Hyogo Prefecture, is a city widely known for its beautiful feudal castle - the Himeji Castle.

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About Himeji

Himeji (陝具スォ髴搾スッ陝カ繝サ, situated in Hyogo Prefecture, stands renowned for its exquisite feudal castle, the Himeji Castle, a gem of Japanese heritage. Dating back to the 14th century, this iconic structure is hailed as one of Japan's most immaculately preserved feudal castles and holds the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its significance extends beyond architectural splendor; it serves as a poignant symbol of Japan's rich history and culture, immortalized in both film and literature, including its appearance in James Bond's "You Only Live Twice." Within its walls, visitors are treated to an exploration of stunning architecture and meticulously maintained gardens, with the towering main keep offering panoramic views across the landscape.

As the second-largest city in Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji boasts a vibrant community of over half a million residents and welcomes throngs of tourists drawn to its cultural allure. Strategically nestled within an hour's reach of both Osaka and Kyoto, it serves as a gateway to traditional Japanese experiences amidst a backdrop of shrines, temples, and bustling markets. Culinary delights await, with local specialties like Himeji oysters and the renowned Kobe beef tantalizing taste buds. Moreover, its accessibility via the Sanyo Shinkansen line renders it an ideal stopover for travelers, whether embarking on a brief day trip or incorporating it into a more extensive itinerary, ensuring Himeji's enduring appeal for all who venture there.

Getting around

Otemae-dori Street leads directly from JR Himeji Station to Himeji Castle, a 15-20 minute walk. Sanyo-Himeji Station, near JR Himeji, offers trains to/from Osaka's Hanshin Umeda Station. Shinki Bus, around Himeji Station, includes route 8 to Mount Shosha, accepting major IC cards and Nicopa for fare payment.

Getting there
  • From Tokyo: Tokyo and Himeji are connected by JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi takes about 3 hours, Hikari around 3.5 hours, costing 16,000 yen one way. Japan Rail Pass covers Hikari but not Nozomi. Willer Express and other companies offer overnight buses, costing 6,000 to 12,000 yen one way, taking 10 hours. With the Japan Bus Pass, cost can be reduced to around 3,000 yen. Book online through Willer.

  • From Osaka: Osaka and Himeji are linked by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi, Sakura, and Hikari trains take about 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Himeji, costing around 3500 yen one way. Japan Rail Pass works on Sakura, Hikari, and Kodama trains, not Nozomi. JR Kansai Wide Area Pass and other regional JR West passes are valid on all trains. Direct JR special rapid trains take one hour, costing 1520 yen one way between Osaka and Himeji, with frequent departures. For a one-day trip from Osaka, consider the 1-Day JR Kansai Area Pass. Alternatively, take direct limited express trains from Hanshin's Osaka-Umeda Station to Sanyo-Himeji Station, taking 100 minutes and costing 1320 yen one way, fully covered by the Kansai Thru Pass.

  • From Kyoto: Kyoto and Himeji are connected by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi takes about 45 minutes from Kyoto to Himeji, Hikari around 55 minutes, costing about 5000 yen one way. Japan Rail Pass covers Sakura, Hikari, and Kodama, but not Nozomi, with a supplement fee. Direct JR special rapid trains take 90 minutes, costing 2310 yen one way. For a one-day trip from Kyoto, the 1-Day JR Kansai Area Pass is a good option. Alternatively, from central Kyoto, take a Hankyu limited express to Hankyu Umeda Station, transfer to Hanshin Umeda Station, and then take a limited express train to Sanyo-Himeji Station. This route is slower but cheaper, covered by the Kansai Thru Pass.

  • From Hiroshima: Hiroshima and Himeji are linked by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi and Sakura trains take around one hour from Hiroshima to Himeji, costing about 8000 yen one way. Japan Rail Pass covers Sakura and Kodama, but not Nozomi, with the JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass and JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass covering all trains. By local trains, the trip takes about 5 hours with two transfers, costing 4510 yen normally or as low as 2410 yen with a Seishun 18 Kippu.

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