One day trip to Himeji Castle(姫路城) and Kobe (神戸)
JR special rapid service (goes every 15mins) takes only 90 mins to Himeji (about 50 mins by Shinkansen). And to Kobe, it takes only 50 mins (Kobe is on the way to Himeji). So you can easily make a day trip to Himeji and Kobe.
* Because one-way fare to Himeji costs 2,210yen and to Kobe 1,050yen, if you do not have a JR pass, we recommend you 1day Kansai Area Pass (2,000yen) which is available at TIS travel agency on the ground floor of Kyoto Station.
*Get detail information for Himeji / Kobe at Tourist Information Center (9th floor of the Kyoto Station).
1. Himeji Castle姫路城 Recommended!
Himeji Castle was registered as the first Japanese world cultural heritage by UNESCO, enjoying the highest international reputation of all existing Japanese castles. Cited as its reason are its architectural uniqueness including multiple towers, its beautiful shape dubbed as White Heron Castle, its exquisite and fully worked-out functional devices for a fortress, and its well-preserved castle buildings in the inner citadel telling almost completely what they used to be.
Himeji Castle has a history of 400 years (over 600 years since the first fortress) as precious heritage to be handed down to future generations.
Open: 9:00-17:00 (must enter by 16:00) Fee: 600 yen/adult
Access: About 15 minutes' walk from JR Himeji Station
2. Kobe 神戸
Kobe Harborland Recommended!
A pleasant shopping and entertainment complex located in front of the harbor.
Waterfront park with Kobe-Tower and more. Harbor cruise (Recommended!) available.
This is the biggest China Town in western Japan. Kobe's china town is called Nankinmachi.
District with former mansions of Western residents.
Himeji Castle Kobe Harbor
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