●Sightseeing spot for walk
It is a 10-minute walk from the guesthouse.Himeji Castle has 400 years of history. It is evaluated highly from the world as a castle that is still the original building among Japanese castles. In 1993, it was registered as the world heritage site along with Horyuji for the first time in Japan. The graceful white building is compared to a white heron and it is also called “white heron castle” and creating very beautiful scenery.
Currently, it is under once in 50 years preservation repair construction so no one is allowed in the large keep. (Other areas are available for observation). It will open on March 27th, 2015. The castle wall painted with white wall plaster and beauty of the castle tower is magnificent. You are for sure to be impressed by its appearance. Also in spring, about 1000 cherry blossom trees in the castle are in full bloom so many people come for the view.
On the weekend, Himeji castle armored group, gate keepers, ninjas, and the character for Himeji city “Shiromaruhime” come to the castle to welcome the guests.
It is a 5-minute walk from the guesthouse.It enshrines “god of the plant” and “god of marriage” as their main. At the end of Heian period, they combine 174 gods in Harimanokuni and they start calling the shrine Harimanokunisosha. It is famous for “Mitsuyamataisai” held once every 20 years.
It is a 12-minute walk from the guesthouse.This Japanese garden was opened in 1992 to celebrate 100 year anniversary for Himeji city. It is 3.5ha and consists of 9 large and small gardens using divides of the ruins of Himeji Castle West Mansion, samurai residence, and allies. It is often used for shooting historical dramas because it looks like you have time traveled to Edo period with Himeji Castle in the background. Seasonal flowers are beautiful too. Tea ceremony experience in the tea room is popular.
It is a 12-minute walk from the guesthouse.The red brick building is registered as a tangible cultural property. It used to be a storage house for the old army and now it is a museum. There are statues in the grass yard and you can relax and enjoy the art. In the normal exhibit, many modern French artists such as Monet and Mathis are there and various special exhibits are held throughout the year.It is located in a quiet area. The unique concrete building designed by Tadao Ando will jump up in your sight. Using visuals and graphics, they will reveal the world of literature in a brand new way. Bokeitei is a Japanese style building with Japanese room and tea room and was built in Taisho period. It is highly recommended. The observatory on the north building is great.
●Sightseeing spot in the HImeji-city
It is one of the three large halls for Tendai sect along with Hiezan and Daisen. There are many important cultural properties in the mountain. People gather there to worship since the old time and it is a popular training place for monks. Many people come visit here from all over Japan even now. Experiencing “Sutra writing, Zen meditation, and one-day training” in an area with rich greenery is very popular. Furthermore, it is famous for a filming location for the Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruz, “Last Samurai” and various movies and dramas. It takes about 4 minutes by ropeway to get to the top.
It is a theme park with a safari park, amusement park, swimming pools, and skating link. It has a nickname of “Himesen”.
In the safari park, there is a drive through safari where you can ride your own car or a bus and observe carnivores and herbivores close by from the window. You can also enjoy walking safari where you can see water fowls and kangaroos close by and sky safari where you ride a ropeway and see the animal from above.
In the amusement park, there are many rides that children can enjoy such as “Diablo”, a roller coaster that you hang from the rail, “Free fall”, a ride you fall straight down from 35m above, and 85m high Ferris wheel.
In the summer, a large scaled resort pool “Aquarea” opens with a “river pool” that is 260m around and “surfing downhill” where you slide down on a surf board from a hill. In the winter, an ice skate link called “Ice Park” located in a white building “Kaze no 0 jo”.
●Sightseeing spot nearby
Kobe:40 minutes by Special Rapid Service
Osaka:60 minutes by Special Rapid Service
Kyoto:90 minutes by Special Rapid Service,60 minutes by Shinkansen
Kurashiki”Okayama”:60 minutes by Shinkansen and local train
●The world heritage which is within a day trip
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine”Hiroshima”:2h 30min by Shinkansen, walk and ferry
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara:2h 30min by Shinkansen and local train