Himeji castle, Kokoen Japanese garden, Tea ceremony,Bullet train, Doutonbori , Hozenji temple in Osaka 1 day!! 

Himeji castle, Kokoen Japanese garden,Tea ceremony, Bullet train, Doutonbori , Hozenji temple in Osaka 1 day!!

Himeji castle

Hi I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 26 countries!

I’m a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter of English for 10 years.

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We visited 2 major cities in west part of Japan in 1 day!

Our itinerary is below!

Himeji castle

Himeji castle
Himeji castle

We visited Himeji castle, the beautiful white castle in Himeji city!


Himeji Castle was built in 1346 as a samurai castle. The current building is the third generation and was completed in 1609.

At that time, the castle was still under the Warring States Period, which lasted from 1467 to 1615, and various defensive measures were taken.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 1993, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Horyu-ji Temple in Nara.

White Heron Castle

The castle is also called Shirasagijo (White Heron Castle) because the white castle tower and corridors on both sides resemble a white heron spreading its wings.
The white heron is also a bird very familiar to the Himeji area.

Original shape of 1609

The castle is still in its original state as it was when it was built in 1609, and the image of a samurai from the olden days comes to mind.

Kokoen Japanese garden

Kokoen Japanese garden
Kokoen Japanese garden

Kokoen is an authentic Japanese garden with a borrowed view of the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle.

It is a popular place for sightseeing in Himeji.


The garden, which stretches to the southwest of Himeji Castle, covers an area of approximately 3.5 hectares.


The garden was created using the remains of the Nishi-oyashiki (built in 1618) and samurai residences.

It consists of 9 Japanese gardens, each of which is characterized by being separated from the rest of the garden by a walled enclosure.


There is “Onyashiki no Niwa” (garden of the imperial villa), a garden with a circular garden and pond.

Also “Cha no Niwa” (garden of tea ceremony), a teahouse with an authentic sukiya-style teahouse, which has been used as a location for historical dramas and historical episodes.

Number 1 autumn leaves site in Japan

This garden is registered number 1 autumn colorful leaves site by Japanese travel site.

Tea ceremony

Tea ceremony
Tea house in Kokoen Japanese garden

We enjoyed casual tea ceremony at the Japanese tea room.
The garden outside is very quiet and peaceful!

If you visit Himeji castle, don’t miss this garden!!

Bullet train ( Shinkansen)300 km full speed passing

Bullet train 300 km passing

At Himeji castle we watched bullet train passing by 300 km full speed!

This place is popular we can see it very close!

Dotonbori street

Doutonbori street
Doutonbori street

The busiest shopping street in Japan.

Signs for foodstuffs such as crab, puffer fish, and beef line the streets.

Hozenji Temple

Hozenji temple

One street inside from Dotonbori, you will enter the quiet Hozenji Yokocho( alley).

The water-hanging Fudo Buddha statue here is always covered with moss as worshippers pour water on it.

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