Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe, Kobe, Japan

I’d gotten to the shinkansen platform at Himeji station early for my train to Shin-Kobe so I settled down for a bit of a snack. As I was early I’d planned on jumping on an earlier train. A quick look at Hyperdia told me one would be arriving soon… it did, and for some reason I just sat there, I was probably snacking away – sigh. Anyway, another train arrived soon and I was on my way for the 26 minute train ride to Shin-Kobe.

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Toyoko INN Himeji Station, Himeji, Japan

Toyoko Inn is very much a Japanese salaryman’s hotel. No bells or whistles with simple but functional rooms.

I’d arrived from Kyoto around 2pm but was told I couldn’t check-in until 3 so left my bags and headed out to find a late lunch.

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Danshuu, Himeji, Japan

Back from Okayama and a couple of sakes at Kokoromi I was looking for a good final meal in Himeji before heading off to Kobe in the morning.

As I was walking to Public House Hosanna the previous evening I noticed a good number of restaurants to the south of the station area.

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Hekisuien, Okayama, Japan

I decided to make a quick day trip to Okayama around 88 kms away from Himeji by the shinkansen – a trip of 25 minutes.

I jumped on a tram towards Okayama Castle and made the short walk in the rain for a quick explore around the area.

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