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Himeji, Ako Area


Half-Day. Kohkoen-Shiota Hot spring


Points of Interest

Himeji Castle, one-hour drive away from downtown Kobe, has kept its original form over 400 years and it's registered as one of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

For more than 400 years, Higashimaru Shoyu in Tatuno-city has been producing thin soy sauce which is indispensable for Japanese cuisine. Exhibits at Higashimaru Shoyu tells you the history of Japanese food culture.

Ako-city boasts its rich natural environment being surrounded by the sea, a clear stream, and mountains. Among many historic spots is Museum of History where you can learn about famous 47 loyal Samurai and also local salt fields.

Ako Misaki is recommended as one of 100 most beautiful sunset sites.

Spring and summer: local edible wild plants, Ayu(sweetfish from clear river)
Autumn and winter: Matsutake-mushroom, crabs fresh from water, wild boar meat.

Shiota Hot Spring: Yumenoi Dining Kouki: Phone 0793-36-1000

Kohko-en: Kassui-ken Phone:0792-89-4131

Himeji Castle Area: Mire. Japanese food. Phone 0792-25-0030

Himeji: Nishimuraya. Crab dishes. Phone:0792-85-3939



Takada-no-baba: Souvenir shop: Phone 079-222-2505

Kine-ya: Japanese confectionery. Phone 0792-85-3508


Higashimaru Shoyu: Phone:0791-63-4567 >click here

Sohmen-no-Sato: Phone:0791-65-9000



Himeji-city: Yukata (kimono for summer) Festival: June22-24
Vendor stands: June 3/4
Castle festival: 1st Saturday in August
For information call Himeji Tourist Bureau : Phone 0792-21-2512, 0791-42-2602


Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Shiota Hot Spring
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Himeji Castle
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