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Himeji day trip

White castle and last samurai

snow 3 °C

Today we are taking a day trip to Himeji. We will be going there by a bullet train. We have been pumped about riding one of these trains. It is not a long trip, however, we both wanted to experience riding one of these trains. Got to the Shinkansen station and waited for it to arrive. As it cruised into the platform you cannot help but be impressed by this piece of machinery. Inside is a lot like plane. So off we went and these things motor you could feel the speed. Before we knew it we were at our station. Short but sweet, however, we were glad we did it.
At Himeji station we got our passes and travel sorted for Mt Shosha. We caught the bus which took us to the outskirts of Himeji and we reached the cable car which would take us up the mountain. Mt Shosha is a sacred site filled with temples. It is also where a lot of The Last Samurai was shot. Cable car was a quick trip up the mountain. We quickly realised that there was next to nobody visiting the mountain today. As we reached the top light snow started falling. Magic.
Short walk to the entrance and we paid for admission to the site and for a bus to take us up the mountain. You can walk if you like, however, after seeing the road you need to take I am glad we took this option. We were dropped off at the Maniden temple. There was nobody around except us. Love it. With the snow falling and in these beautiful surrounds it was an awesome experience. We made our way up a road passed small shrines and reached the main area which consists of three buildings Daikodo, Jikido, Jogyodo and the Tombs of Hondas. This area is breathtaking. Standing in the middle of these buildings in the main area with snow falling and not a soul around. What can i say. We spent the next hour taking in what was around us and exploring the buildings. We did find someone. There was a monk doing artwork in the Jikido building. I could rave about this place forever. There are more temples, shrines and buildings scattered all over the mountain and you could spend a whole day exploring this place. A must do if you are in Japan.
Slow walk back to the bus. Taking in everything around us. Quick bus ride, cable car down and then the bus back to Himeji town. We jumped off and checked out the Himeji castle which is an awesome sight. Decided not to walk up to the top. From down below there are great views of this majestic building.
We walked back to station and caught train back to Osaka. What an awesome experience. Tonight we went to a sushi bar called Toki Sushi which I had read up on. Amazing sushi. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Posted by andrewjenny 03:49 Archived in Japan Tagged himeji japan car castle cable mt last samuri shosha

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How fast does the train go did you get photos of the inside sounds like you guys are having a good holiday

by kickabum

Its goes 300kmh. I did take some pics of inside will post them later.

by andrewjenny

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