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Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

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Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

Hello Himeji Experts

I am planning a day trip to Himeji from Osaka in late December. I would like to visit Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden & Mt Shosan. I will be taking the ropeway up Mt Shosan and walk down. As day light is short in December, should I visit Mt Shosan first, then Kokoen Garden and last Himeji Castle? I plan to reach Himeji at 9.30 am.

Thank you in advance.


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1. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

My suggested route is to get to Himeji fairly early and take the bus straight to Shosha. Then take the bus from there to the castle, where you'll buy the combo ticket for the castle and Kokoen. This might also be a good time to do lunch. Do the castle first, then Kokoen; if time runs out, you'll definitely want to see the castle. The bus will say in English (usually) where you'll get off for the castle, but truthfully you cannot miss it.

If you are interested, there is a small hill just west of the castle that has excellent views of the fortress and surrounding areas. It's called Otokoyama; there are a hundred or so steps up, but the view is worth it, particularly if you are there at twilight.

Good luck!

John W.

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2. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

Last entrance to the garden 4:45. Last entrance to the castle 5:30.

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3. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

worthj1970 and bibimbob, thank you for your replies. Much appreciated.

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4. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka


I would visit Himeji Castle first. I visited the castle and Kokoen garden but not Mt Shosan last month.

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5. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

We did the town and castle 6 hrs the town was in a kimono fest whole bunch of children wearing kimonos. The castle has some serious climbing steps you have to take off your shoes.

6. Re: Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

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