Approximately 480,000 people call Himeji in Hyogo home.
From here it's 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east to Kobe and 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the east to Osaka.
Sometimes melancholic, sometimes beautifully romantic, the castles and other defensive structures in this region are always special places to tour. When you look up at the fairytale-like design of the historic Himeji Castle, it is easy to picture how members of the nobility once defended this area.
Give your kids a break from sightseeing in in the Himeji area at Himeji Central Park, a much-loved attraction the entire family will enjoy. Play, laugh and be thoroughly entertained at this much-loved destinations for kids of all ages.
A place of worship, among the most popular of the many historic attractions here, is the Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple. Appreciate the atmosphere of this interesting building, learn about its past and discover why it is so popular with tourists and Himeji locals alike.
Koko-en Garden is among the most popular botanical parks around the city. Follow the paths through botanical displays, pull out your sketch pad, or just relax in the shade. This park is the perfect match for all moods and seasons.