Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Japan's most famous castle reopened to the public in early 2015, after 5 years of work.
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Hiking on the plateaus of Tonomine kogen
The Tonomine Plateaus are located in the heart of Hyogo Prefecture, north of Himeji City. This natural site of 90 hectares deserves a visit and a walk of a few hours, especially in autumn.
Takeda Castle Ruins
Takeda Castle in Hyogo Prefecture, though ruined, has become increasingly popular recently thanks to a certain seasonal weather pattern known in Japanese as unkai (sea of clouds).
Himeji Castle Keep
It overlooks the entirety of Himeji Castle, and defies any assailant. But climbing the six floors of Himeji Castle Keep requires good legs!
Ako Castle in Ako, Hyogo is associated with the classic tale of the Forty-seven Ronin.
Himeji Castle: read a guide to Himeji Castle, Japan's largest, most spectacular and most beautiful castle.
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