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Himeji Castle Himeji Castle

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.

Kobe Port TowerKobe Port Tower

Kobe Port Tower is a red drum-shaped landmark of Kobe. Its height is 108 meters. The observatory deck has a superb 360-degree view, and rotates automatically. You can see a sweeping view of Kobe City, Awaji Island and Osaka Bay from the deck.

Mt. RokkoMt. Rokko

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 and wool.

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