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.