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Himeji Castle & Kobe

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Right outside the train staion in Himeji, Himeji-jo off in the distance.

Big castle.  Fabulous.  Worth the trip fer sure. If you go, for fucks sake, get the friggin free english guide.   You will not learn as many cool things if you go without the guide, and the guide is free, and Japanese people are so damn nice, why wouldn't you get the guide?  You just have to request a guide at the place where you pay, it's really quite simple.  The gardens around the castle are also very nice.  Himenji is not very far by train from Osaka, and plus you can stop by Kobe on the way back and see yet another huge well lit Japanese city.  Kobe was pretty cool, Matt and I only hung out there long enough to see about 100 aracades and then get a stellar meal.  Seriously tho, besides the castle being very cool to see, there is a lot of interesting history there, about generals killing each other and princesses and all kindsa stuff.  The interior of the castle is much more interesting than Osaka-jo, which was sorta just converted into a museum.  This castle had areas that were kept in the original state so you could get a feel for what was going on inside back in the day.  And the view from the top are fantastic.  You should really go to this castle if you are at all nearby, and once again, get the guide.  Cheers.

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Right outside the train staion in …
Right outside the train staion in…
The gate leading inside the castle…
The gate leading inside the castl…
The outer-most castle moat.
The outer-most castle moat.
Beautiful view of Japans greatest…
Beautiful view of Japan's greates…
Matt and I in the obligatory touri…
Matt and I in the obligatory tour…
Japanese hot dogs frolicking in th…
Japanese hot dogs frolicking in t…
Matt and his new Samurai friend.
Matt and his new Samurai friend.
This stone displays all of the cre…
This stone displays all of the cr…
The main familys seal, adorning t…
The main family's seal, adorning …
More obligitory photo-ops.
More obligitory photo-ops.
Weapons racks inside the castle, h…
Weapons racks inside the castle, …
An extremely long corrider along t…
An extremely long corrider along …
Matt and our Tour guide sweating i…
Matt and our Tour guide sweating …
A depiction of the Princess playin…
A depiction of the Princess playi…
A view of Himeji from atop the cas…
A view of Himeji from atop the ca…
Looking out the other side of the …
Looking out the other side of the…
Waterfall inside the Samurai garde…
Waterfall inside the Samurai gard…
The ever-present Koi fish.
The ever-present Koi fish.
Kois eye view of a gazebo inside …
Koi's eye view of a gazebo inside…
Strange looks from a man who doesn…
Strange looks from a man who does…
A waterwheel lawn ornament well ou…
A waterwheel lawn ornament well o…
An arcade in Kobe.
An arcade in Kobe.
Keyboard and mouse Counter-strike …
Keyboard and mouse Counter-strike…
Our fancy meal in Kobe that night …
Our fancy meal in Kobe that night…
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