Friday, April 9, 2010

Himeji out! Kobe in!

Today was our little outing to Himeji and Kobe.

We left early on the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka and started with a little visit to the famous authentic castle of Himeji. From the outside, the castle was stunning. Especially with the cherry blossom surrounding it. But that's as far as we got. The crowd! Oh the crowd! It was just too much for me. Waiting in line to visit the inside of the castle meant not going to Kobe... that was out of the question so we left. Instead we made our way to some old covered shopping street and did some purikura.

After having lunch, we jumped back on the train and made our way to Nada station. From there we headed to the Kobe Oji Zoo to see PANDAS!!!! I had never seen a panda before so this was going to be exciting. Well turns out it was and made us forget all about our failed trip to Himeji. We spent a few hours roaming the zoo and headed to Sanomiya station to go up the Kobe city hall tower and enjoy the view from there.

That concluded our trip to Kobe and Himeji.
I should add, on a comic note, at the zoo, they had squirrels on display, in cages!!! Marie and I thought it was hilarious!!!!

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