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Himeji and Kobe excursion from Kyoto

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We got up early to go to Himeji Castle or Himeji-jô, but we were a bit chafados when we saw that it is raining, rain that accompanied us throughout the day. To go to Himeji we took the bullet train from Kyoto to the JR Himeji station, which takes an hour or so to arrive. At the station we went to the tourist office to ask how to get there and ask for a map. The informant told us that there was a nice covered shopping street that led to the castle and since we didn't feel like getting wet we went there. From the station to the castle there are about 15 minutes walking.

Himeji Castle or Himeji-jô

Altar located on the last floor of the castle.

The castle is very well preserved and the truth is that it is very beautiful, but the interior is nothing special, because it is empty. Although the interior is preserved as is, it has nothing, only the walls and some armor. I think that if they had recreated the furniture or accessories that were used at the time it would have been much more interesting. As it continued to rain a lot we could not visit the annexed gardens and after having a hot drink we returned to the train station to go to Kobe. The bullet train takes 15 minutes to go from Himeji to Shinkobe, although then you have to take the subway or train again to the Kobe station which is more central.

Kobe Tower

We walked to the port area to see the Kobe Tower and the earthquake memorial. The truth is that it is quite impressive to see how the city looked after the earthquake, and of course how it has recovered. As it was cool and we had wet feet, we really wanted to eat ramen (soup bowl with long noodles) so we decided to take a taxi to Chinatown, which was small and expensive. So we continue with our search for ramen until finally we find a small place under the train tracks.

Kobe Chinatown

The ramen and the gyozas entered the sea well and we were chatting with the owner who was a very nice gentleman and on the restaurant television they were giving the bionic woman (the 70s version) and the owner told us that there was mafia in Kobe and that it was dangerous, although I still find it more dangerous to go down the Ramblas at night ... Tired of the water and how little we were liking Kobe we decided to return to Kyoto for dinner.

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