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Himeji City (Hyogo Prefecture)

Himeji is the main city of Harima, the southern half of Hyogo Prefecture that stretches across the vast Harima Plains from the Chugoku Mountains to the north to the islands of the Seto Inland Sea to the south.
It is home to Himeji Castle, a National Treasure and Japanfs first monument registered as a World Heritage. The Koko-en Garden located next to the castle was reconstructed following excavations of the west-side residential compound. Besides streets, residence parcels, tenement gates, earthen walls and residential gates, there are nine gardens.

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From Osaka
Take the New Rapid Service from JR Osaka Station to Himeji Station c Approx. 57 min.
Approx. 1 hr from the Suita IC
Approx. 1 hr 10 min from Osaka International Airport

route

Koko-en Garden Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple
1.JR Himeji Station
2.Onatsu Seijuro Hiyokuzuka Memorial
Onatsu and Seijuro were the protagonists of novels and dramas written by Edo Period (17th century) authors Saikaku Ihara and Monzaemon Chikamatsu.
3.Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
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4.Himeji City Museum of Art
This red brick building was constructed in the Meiji Period (19th century).
5.Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle was the first monument in Japan to be registered as a World Heritage.
6.Senhime no Komichi Walk
This walkway takes you around Himeji Castle. Along the way is a sweet flag garden where flowers bloom beautifully in early summer.
7.Koko-en Garden
This beautiful garden was reconstructed on the site of the west-side residential compound of Himeji Castle.
8.Himeji City Museum of Literature
9.JR Himeji Station