I arrived in Himeji city yesterday and I woke up today freezing just as much as I was yesterday night before going to bed. It was bloody cold! I got out of my capsule bed, brushed my teeth in ice cold water and had my breakfast.
Here’s a video I took on my phone:
When I asked the staff member why others were still proceeding towards the main keep, she told me that they had special passes which gave them early access to a preview of the main keep before it officially re-opened to public. I ask when the re-opening was. She said: “Day after tomorrow”.
Had I known this in advance, I would have re-arranged my dates but there was nothing I could do now. I had no intention of staying in Himeji another night. I asked if there was any way of getting the special passes but the staff member said it was by invitation only. Which I found odd considering I saw a few Chinese tourists, locals and the odd ‘white man’ walk through. I wondered where they got those passes from. Oh well.
Disappointed, I decided it was time to leave. There was not much else to see or do here.
Coming all the way to Himeji just to see the castle… and not being able to see the main tower… and that too knowing that it would re-open in just two days from today… was just… ugh.
I thought about the shinkansen fare to Himeji, sleeping in 2 degree cold, and add to that the feeling I should have stayed in Kyoto longer… oh well, past is past. Time to move on.
I went back to Himeji 588 Guesthouse, packed up my things and took my suitcase down as I had to check out. I still felt like seeing something more as my Himeji sightseeing experience was left with a huge void. I decided to visit a soju factory not too far from the JR station, but that and my shinkansen ride back to Tokyo are in the next post.