This modern town (530,000 inhabitants), 50km/31mi to the west of Kobe, is worth a stay for its recently restored feudal castle, considered to be the finest of Japan. The castle grounds are home to the lovely Kouko-en Japanese gardens and Fine Arts, History of the Prefecture and Literature museums. Between Himeji Station and the castle, Miyuki Street is packed tight with shops, souvenir boutiques and restaurants, all of which are crammed at the weekends.
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