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Harima Area

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Harima Area is dotted with historic spots and famous places such as Himeji Castle, registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Let's take a walk through Japanese historic cityscape such as Ako Castle Ruins, Castle town of Tatsuno and post town Hirafuku. At Uonotana Shopping Arcade in Akashi City, you can buy fresh seafood such as Akashi seabream from the Seto Inland Sea. Also the road extending to Ikuno Silver Mine from Himeji is known as "the Old Silver Mine Carriage Road", where Japan's first high-speed industrial road was built and is dotted with many famous spots.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is the first Japanese World Cultural Heritage Site registered by UNESCO, and recognized worldwide. It's one of the most beautiful castle in Japan, and often called as "Shirasagi-jo" (White Heron Castle) because of its white plastered walls. After the 5-year restoration work, the castle was fully reopened in March 2015. The scenery from Tenshukaku (castle tower) is magnificent.


Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple

Located 371 meteres above sea level on top of Mt. Shosha, Engyo-ji is Tendai sect temple called "Mt. Hiei-zan in West". Here you can experience Shojin Ryori, the vegetarian cuisine of Tendai monks, and practicing Zazen, seated Zen meditation. Famous for its Butai-zukuri style (the building structure like a stage) similar to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and Daikodo (main hall) built in Muromachi Era, and the scenery that the temple harmonizes with nature is beautiful. It was selected as a filming location for TV shows and movies, one of which is the Hollywood movie The Last Samurai.


Uonotana Shopping Arcade

Called "Uontana" in the local area, Uonotana Shopping Arcade is lined with markets of fresh fish caught in the Seto Inland Sea. In the 350m long arcade there are about 100 stores of mainly fresh fish and seafood. For the fresh Akashi seabream and Akashi octopus that have just been caught, many local customers and tourists come to the arcade. You can experience the atmosphere of traditional fish market in Japan.


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