Japan's most magnificent castle, Himeji-jō is one of only a handful of original castles remaining (most are modern concrete...
Also called Shirasagi-no-miya (White Heron Shrine), this Shintō precinct does a big business in weddings.
Quiet, understated shrine near the northeast corner of the castle park.
They make their own noodles at this homey, cheerful little joint a few minutes' walk from the castle. It's not fancy, but it serves an...
68 Honmachi · interesting places nearby
Across the castle's western moat is this stunning reconstruction of the former samurai quarters. Nine Edo Period–style homes boast gardens with various combinations of waterfalls, koi ponds, intricately pruned trees, bamboo, flowering shrubs and a wisteria-covered arbor. It feels like a movie set amid the stone and plaster walls lining the paths (in fact, many Japanese historical dramas have been shot here). It is particularly lovely in spring and during the autumn foliage season.
In the teahouse, ¥500 gets you matcha (powdered green tea) and a Japanese sweet, presented by a kimono-clad server, and the restaurant Kassui-ken (活水軒) serves a bentō (boxed meal) of anago (conger eel, a local speciality, ¥2080).