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.