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Introducing Himeji

Himeji-jō, the finest castle in all of Japan, towers over the small city of Himeji (姫路), a quiet city on the San-yō Shinkansen route between Osaka and Okayama/Hiroshima. In addition to the castle, the city is home to the Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of History and Kōko-en, a small garden alongside the castle. If you're a fan of castles, a visit to Himeji is a must. You can visit it as a day trip from Kyoto, Nara or Osaka, or as a stopover en route to Hiroshima.