Hotel Nikko Himeji
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... speed). The heavy large doors are well fortified with side small short easy doorways to use only when creeping or bending down (and vulnerable). Most paths ascend the hill the closer one gets to the keep, but some have downward inclines (to fool intruders into thinking they are now leaving so they will turn back). All this with many tiny angled attack windows overhead to be used by the defenders. All walls have many layers of plaster over the wood ...
Located in the small town of Himeji (a day trip from Osaka), Himeji Castle is known as the nicest, best-preserved, most impressive castle in Japan. It was one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites designated in Japan. We were not disappointed -- it's beautiful and amazing!
Again, our timing was pretty amazing. Himeji Castle has been going through a large five year renovation starting in April 2010. ...
... green tea) we have left for Himeji.
Tonight we are indulging ourselves in a hot baths and are resting, preparing for tomorrow.
Himeji castle and gardens-where the Last Samurai was filmed, than Tomonoura fishing village and Okayama; sleep over in Onomichi.
See U tomorrow.
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... into doing mine on the train and can even now braid my pigtails without a mirror)
(9) The shyness of Japanese regarding talking in English (even I am talking **** sounding japanese without the usual bright red face of personal embrarrasment)
(10) The friendliness of the old and young
(11) That most signs are in English which helps a lot at bus and train stations
(12) The efficiency (have never had a late bus of train ...
... last. I could be a travel writer; but, then, I've tried that without great success. Still, I admit to not giving it 100%. Maybe that's an option. I could win the lottery; that's a lot easier.
Otokoyama got another visit. I stared out over the vast plain around Himeji, looking at the endless rooftops, searching for a clump of trees that indicates a temple or shrine that perhaps I haven't visited. But I've been to most of the obvious places and ...