After one last delicious breakfast, we bid adieu to our new friends at Ohanabo Ryokan.
And the we Shinkansen’ed it to Himeji to finally go see Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle has been taunting us through the Shinkansen windows for years now. We have zipped by it so many times but never stopped. One of the reasons we haven’t been before was because for the last 7 years they have been doing major restoration work on it, it is after all a few hundred years old. Just over a year ago the restoration was finished (we missed it last year but mere months), so finally it was our time.
Upon arriving in Himeji, before we see the castle however, it is imperative that we first visit the Hello Kitty Cafe for a coffee and matcha latte.
Then it’s about a 15 minute straight up the Main Street to the castle. It was quite busy when we got there, and the sign said it would be a one hour wait to get inside the castle. We decided to wait as who knows when we would be here again. Lots of people were picnicking in the park enjoying the last days of the cherry blossoms.
We waited in line a while, but it wasn’t an hour, so that was nice. When we got in the castle it was very busy and they kind of just ushered us through, but it was still pretty cool. We got to the top, then went back down again.