Day 11 in Himeji: the end of my stay in Himeji was getting near so I decided to finally visit the castle. No visit to Himeji is complete without a visit to the castle, right? (oh wait, that’s the only reason people visit Himeji… ;)) So around noon, I left for the castle (a 5-minute walk from where I stayed).
The castle sure is beautiful, but there were so many people! The crowds made it difficult to really appreciate the castle because everyone just had to follow everyone else so there was no way of enjoying it at your own pace. The big crowds might be due to the reopening of the castle not too long ago, after years of renovation. It’s also UNESCO World Heritage and one of the best preserved castles in Japan, so it’s no surprise so many people want to have a look around.
The inside of the castle is honestly not as interesting as I’d expected. I would have loved to see how it really looked when it was still in use, but the rooms were bare (apart from the crowds).
The views of Himeji from the castle are amazing though. And there was autumn sakura (cherry blossoms)!
On the castle grounds, you can visit a few other buildings as well, such as a watchtower. From there you can get nice views from the castle and its ground as well.