The day after the Typhoon gave us beautiful weather and blue sky with nice clean air. We had breakfast in the morning and went for a little tour in Himeji. Himeji Castle is now very beautiful after being renovated. We rented a bike (new thing and very convenient) near castle and if you come here remember to rent a bike. Very convenient way to cover much larger area and costs only 100 ¥. Tourist you must have your passport with you, because the need to verify who you are and without it you are not able to rent it.
We rode to Himeji Castle and took some pictures there and it was truly beautiful after the renovation. Still you are not able to go inside the castle, but there are places where you can go and see the beautiful area. After that we rode around the castle and which I had never done before, but a local person who knows the place like his own pockets, helped a lot. There were beautiful places around the castle and it was nice to ride a bike there. Riding a bike you can cover much larger area than just by walking. My friend showed me some nice locations what he had discovered there.
After that we went to our meeting point Koko-en Garden where we met first in 2011. When buying a ticket to Castle, remember to buy a ticket to Himeji Castle + Koko-en Garden. You will save some money to buy this combined ticket. Koko-en Garden was as beautiful as I remembered and I truly think that is the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever been in Japan. In Koko-en Garden there are different types of garden inside it and you can also join a traditional tee party there.
Oh boy was I lucky person when I arrived in Japan. There was big Typhoon arriving in Japan just the day when I was going there. I was fearing that my trip would be canceled or delayed due to this Typhoon. Just as I arrived in Osaka Kansai International Airport, it was starting to get worse weather. I took a Limousine bus (thanks to my friend Taro who told me to take it) from the airport with a help of American man who guided me to correct place. It took me about 2 hours to get to Himeji, where I was going to keep my base camp.
When arriving to Himeji, the weather got even worse and I took a taxi to my friends house. When I arrived to his house, the weather was getting really bad and it was raining and strong wind was evolving. Well I got to my friends house just in time. It was great reunion on our meeting each other since 2011 when we first met in Koko-en Garden in Himeji. I settled myself and we decided to go out for a quick photo-shooting into a local botanical garden. Wind was blowing really hard and it was raining really bad. We took some pictures on the location but then decided that it is not safe to be outside and headed back to home.
We watched news and noticed that airports were closed and trains stopped running due to the Typhoon, so basically if my flight would have been like half an hour later, I wouldn’t be able to land in Japan and that would have been a disaster.
During the night the Typhoon blew over city of Himeji and we were safely in my friends house. What a lucky man I was
After almost 8000 km’s with travelling time around 20 hours and being awake for 36 hours it is time for bed. Tomorrow the typhoon should be away from this area.
I have managed to land safely in Japan again and just when I arrived to my destination which was Himeji, the Typhoon stroke this area. Heavy wind and rain.
I am now on my way to the airport by bus. Then long 9,5 hours flight to Osaka. And from there by bus to Himeji. It is going to be a long journey and lot’s of sitting but pretty sure that it is well worth it.
Darn that is not looking too promising, but hey there is still time. Keep your fingers crossed
I have started finally do some packing. I think my suitcase is going to be quite empty, at least on my way there, but sure that it is full of things that I will bring to my dear kids
But the most important to pack is my camera gear. And for that I am making sure that I will not miss anything. I am not taking my tripod with me, because it is so big and heavy and the times I am needing it is quite few. My dear friend in Himeji is borrowing one of his for me on the times when I need it.
I have to make a list of my camera gear for insurance purposes if I should loose or they are stolen, so that I can prove what I had.
WOW! I cannot believe this, but I have booked yet another trip to Japan. This would be my 6th trip and this time again alone. My plans are to visit and meet some of my photography friends there and travel around different places and of course take a lot of photos.
Just orderes new camera bag which is light and compact so it would be easy to carry out my gear. This camera bag is Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW which is going to be extremely handy on my trip.
Travelling time will be 12th to 22nd of October 2014 and I am flying to Osaka, but going to travel by bus to Himeji, where I meet my friend. So happy to meet him.