Himeji is a castle city in Hyogo prefecture, that I have wanted to visit this year since the renovation of the famed UNESCO World Heritage site, Himeji Castle, have been completed this year. It was on my return way home, so I thought I'd spend a couple of hours there before returning to Tokyo. But because of this, coupled with the obon festival, it took nearly two hours just to get through the main keep with lots of waiting in the unforgiving sun in 30plus degrees C. That being said it was an impressive sight as you will soon see. These carp were adorned all over the castle eaves as well as on the street approach.
Crossing the moat.
Inside Kokoen garden next to the castle.