Takeda Castle Ruins is known as “The Castle in the Sky” or “Machu Picchu of Japan”. In autumn, it is surrounded by a sea of clouds. This phenomenon can be observed in the early mornings from September to November, when there is a sharp temperature difference between day and night. As I went in spring, I couldn’t witness it, tempted to visit again.
Kinosaki onsen is a famous onsen resort area in north Hyogo. There are seven public bath houses. People staying in the onsen resorts there usually wear yukatas and go onsen-hopping. Day passes are available for those not staying in the resorts.
Mount Shosha is the site of Engyoji, a temple with a history of over 1000 years. The mountain can be accessed in only 30 minutes from central Himeji by bus and ropeway. It is also a film location of the Hollywood movie The Last Samurai.