As I mentioned in a previous post, we will take advantage of our stay in Kyoto to make various excursions of one or half day. One of them will be to go to Himeji and Kobe.
At 55 minutes with the Shinkansen Hikari (departures at 9:49 and 10:49, among others) is Himeji Castle (Himeji-jo). This is one of the twelve castles that are still preserved in Japan although its main attraction is that it still retains the same interior structure as in the past (not like Osaka, which inside is like the MACBA), partly because it was not Destroyed in no war. Its construction dates from 1333, although during the years it was extended until its last extension in 1609.
The castle is about 15 minutes walk from Himeji station, although you can take a bus that takes you there in 5 minutes. The opening hours are 9 to 16 hours and the entrance costs about ¥ 600 (€ 3.80).
The second part of the excursion will consist of stopping in Kobe, taking advantage of the fact that it falls through those parts. It only takes 16 minutes in Shinkansen from Himeji station to Shin-Kobe station. Kobe is famous for having the most expensive beef in the world and for having suffered in 1995 one of the worst earthquakes in recent history in Japan, in which more than 5,000 people died and tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed. Kobe is also known for being considered one of the most attractive cities in Japan. I don't know, we'll see if he deserves this qualifier.