Sunday, 27 December 2009

Japan 2009: Day 9 (UNESCO World Heritage Site: Himeji Castle 姫路城)

Inspired by CY's Kumamoto Castle 熊本城 photos, we decided to re-visit Himeji Castle 姫路城 (we were there 5 years ago), the most beautiful castle in Japan, also one of the top three castles (Kumamoto Castle 熊本城 being the second and the third is Matsumoto Castle 松本城 in Nagano). It's actually nearer from Kyoto or Osaka (Kansai) but since we didn't have anything planned and the JR Pass is still valid, why not? We were too tired to hike for 3 hours in Kiso Valley (where we originally planned to do a day trip) la...

Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was home to the granddaughter of Ieyasu Tokugawa who married into the Toyotomi family at age 7 (wa biang, i was like in pembry 2...). The entire castle is in it's original state because it has never been involved in war and is a very good repesentation of castles in Japan.

Flowers outside Himeji Castle.

Each emblem represented a family who contributed to the building of this castle.

shopping street near castle

Access: Take Shinkansen to Himeji and walk 15 mins. When the train is approaching the station, you'll be able to see the castle from afar.