Day 7 visiting the emperor
Today is a special day to visit the most important part of Japan, a courtesy call to one of the grandest castle in the land of the rising sun. The Himeji castle, a world heritage status accorded by the UNESCO and the country’s national treasure. The journey started in Kyoto Station south west bound via the Shin-Osaka line on the Shinkansen (platform 14). We do not want to wait too long for a direct ride and instead opted for the Kodama line stopping at Shin-Osaka and then transfer to the JR line (platform 20) to Himeji Station. The journey took about an hour from Kyoto.
The first sight of the Himeji Castle was astonishing with a very straight road leading to the castle, visible when you walk out from the Himeji Station.
The road leading to the castle has been turned into a tourist lane with merchants selling almost everything visitors would want to buy, including memorabilia of the castle.
The entrance fee to the castle is Yen 1000 for an adult and a child would need to pay Yen 300. The fee is small comparatively, considering the need to upkeep this world heritage. The view leading to the main castle was too complicated to explain but I can show you some of the pictures here. I must warn you that the climbing of stairs in the main castle is straining for an average age like m
We had lunch on our way out from the castle, at a restaurant within the Himeji square in front of the Himeji Station. The restaurant is named Gyuta Meat Bal . We had one of the finest American beef grilled served with rice for just a mere Yen 980 each. The taste still lingers on as I wrote these, we ordered medium rare and the best part is the tenderness of the meat!
After lunch we made our way back to Kyoto on a direct ride on the Shinkansen. Back to the shopping row of Shijo (Fourth Sree). I show you some of the view from the busy street on a high day, filled with both locals and foreigners like me.
Seen here is a pre-dinner Tully’s Coffee costing Yen 360. Taste? Average compared to Starbucks.
Dinner today is also special as we forked out nearly Yen 20000 back to a Shabu Shabu restaurant we visited few days ago. This time we ordered some Wagyu beef and they looked good. Not only looked good, they actually melted in our mouth as we savor them over the hot pot. Great meal of the trip actually! This restaurant Miyagi-an, near Sanko serves fine beef for various budget. Our costs Yen 6180 per person. I think I am going to write a good review on TripAdvisor later.