Himeji Castle is one of Japan's most well-preserved castles, and it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1993. One of the best times to visit is during the Himeji Castle Festival, which takes place for three days in November and has a history spanning over 70 years.
The event includes colorful processions of participants dressed in historical costumes, traditional dance performances, and displays of Takigi Noh, a performing art that takes place at night by torchlight.
Whether you have an interest in Japanese history or you simply appreciate lively cultural festivals, this event is worth checking out if you're in the area.
Himeji Castle can be accessed in just under 20 minutes on foot (or around 5 minutes by taxi) from Himeji Station, which is served by the San'yō Shinkansen, the San'yō Main Line, the Bantan Line, and the Kishin Line.
For those who opt to drive, the closest expressway exit is the San'yō Himeji-Higashi IC on the San'yō Expressway.
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