Feeling rather adventurous after our successful hop on hop off Osaka the day before, we decided to do a few more cities (in the same day!) in the Kansai region. My initial plan was to just go to Kobe - a port city just a couple of minutes from Osaka by train, Abe suggested that we head further to a city called Himeji. Reason for that was to go catch a glimpse of the Himeji Castle.
So after breakfast that morning, we checked out from out hotel, left our luggage there for later collection before we travel to Kyoto. Weather was still very chilly, Got ourselves bundled up and once ready we walked to the near by Osaka Station for purchase of our JR day pass.
Back to Osaka Station. This was also when I discovered that there was a Daimaru in the same complex. Jiwa sangat kacau dibuatnya kerana hanya dapat melihat dari luar sahaja.......
At the train platform to Himeji (errr bukan Nissa tu yg patut pegang erat-erat. Mama ni yg patut keep close watch so that dia tak terlepas ke kedai.....)
After about an hour train ride, we arrived at Himeji
Down town Himeji....very, very clean. In fact most places we visited were tip top where cleanliness is concern
Main street in Himeji
You'll find these sculptures all along main street Himeji
Bet she's stoned cold all exposed during winter... ;)
The Japanese have high regards for those on bicycles. Even in the coldest temperatures they can be seen cycling away.
This way to Himeji Castle
Starting our walk to the castle
Castle is a very, very big complex. This is the outer gardens. Locals were seen talking strolls and jogging here
The castle complex....besarrrrr!!!
Saw this pretty one in the gardens of the castle
At the main entrance
Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō) - a hilltop Japanese castle complex. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.
Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.
Closer look.....unfortunately the main building was under renovations
The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō ("White Egret Castle") or Shirasagi-jō ("White Heron Castle") because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.
Photographer somewhat disappointed coz could get closer to the castle
Penghuni Himeji Castle yang sangat gebu
Back to train station....next stop is the longest bridge in SEA
The subway is the most definite easy way to move around in Osaka. However, there are many, many lines that span the city from north to south and east to west. In each subway station there are so many gates and so many lines that interconnect. One hasty move may take you to a destination far off from where you plan to be.
During this trip it was Nissa who was most alert about our subway rides. Both she and her dad worked hand in hand at figuring out which lines to take and which exit head for. After doing the Metro in Paris and London Underground last year, Nissa was more confident at discovering our routes in and out the Osaka Subways. Yeahhh....Mommy wasn't too stress and could rest a bit.
Nissa leading the way...this way Mom :)
Most subway stations are multiple levels as there are many lines that go in different directions
There's the red line and there's also the blue line....can be quite confusing at times
Once you emerge to the street level, the view could be somewhat varied
Fresh flowers for sale
Multiple level open car parks just like this one
Local eateries where Osakans chill out after a long day at work
Yessss....food but not for us
There was a kebab place but it was closed
More flowers....but hurry up...
So...that's where we were heading to
to ride the Tempozan Ferris Wheel
The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is considered as one of the biggest ferris wheel in the world