With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen (the main Bullet train line linking Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima).
A small city at the western edge of the Kansai region, the city boasts Japan’s finest castle. At one point in the late 1500’s, it was the biggest castle in all of Asia.
The remarkable Castle
Mount Shosha (Shoshazan) and its 1,000-year-old-temple complex
Kokoen garden composed of nine separate Japanese-style-gardens of the Edo period