Himeji Castle, built in the early 17th century, represents the highest achievement
in Japanese castle architecture. Designated as a national treasure in 1931, the
castle was registered on the World Heritage list in 1993 as the first cultural
site in Japan. The registration occurred because the castle has kept its original
design at the time of construction, such as turrets, stone walls, gates, and moats,
which still survive today. The main castle keep (Dai-tenshu) connected with three
small keeps (Ko-tenshu) linked by passage turrets (Watari yagura) remains perfectly
in their original forms. Because of its elegant appearance totally covered with
white plaster includes castle keeps and turrets, the castle has been compared
to a white bird flying off to the sky. Its famous nickname is Shirasagi-jo or
White Heron Castle.
One of the 3 major Chinatowns in Japan. As one passes under the entrance gate,
one experiences the atmosphere of a shopping area in China. There is cuisine from
all regions of China to taste here, with an advance of foodstuffs and other goods.
A visit during the Spring Festival which celebrates the Lunar New Year in China
makes you forget that you are in Japan.
Mt. Rokko is a popular highland resort known for its scenic beauty and splendid
night view. The Rokkosan Pasture is located on the west side of Mt. Rokko, and
cows, goats, and sheep graze in its large pastures. The pasture presents a beautiful
view with wildly blooming flowers in every season. It becomes lively during the
Alps Festival in summer. In the south area of the pasture, there is the Kobe Cheese
House where visitors can learn cheese-making process and the culture of the cheese