Thursday, February 20, 2020

No Beef with Kobe: Eat, See, Enjoy!

I took a day trip with K-san (unnamed for privacy) to Kobe during my week-long Japan vacation. We took the direct JR line (around 50 minutes) from our Osaka accommodation to Kobe’s central station,...

The Antiquity of Himeji

Located just west of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji is a city with historical significance that permeates throughout its incredible culture. From the shining world heritage site of Himeji Castle to the secluded Shoshazan...

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

Naka-Harima: Delve into the mythical lands of Japanese folklore

So you have gone to the must-see Himeji Castle and you are wondering if there is anything else worth checking out. Well, hidden away in the mountains and waters of Himeji are some of...

World Heritage (2): Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Japanese castle architecture perfected and preserved After 5 and a half years of renovations, Himeji Castle reopened to the public in March in blazing white glory, with not just repainted walls and new roof tiles,...

Onsen Oasis: Arima Onsen

1,400 years of history hidden in the outskirts of modern Kobe After introducing two of Japan's three oldest hot springs (Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Nanki Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture) it is now...

Locations to Capture Unique Photos in Nakaharima

Whether you’re a professional photographer or you just like to get a snap on your smartphone, Naka-Harima has a wealth of locations that you can take breathtaking photos. Find your favorites place there. Himeji 姫路市 World...