Himeji Castle sakura (姫路城 Himeji-jo) was a last minute choice after the big mountain trek to Takeda Castle. I looked at hanami-walker which is an overly complicated guide to sakura viewing in Japanese. However it’s got great information on light-ups (night viewing) and festivals. I saw that there was a light-up at Himeji Castle and since it was on the way back to Osaka we decided to make a detour. Himeji Castle has a great website in English if you’d like to visit.
Himeji Castle’s mascot is Shiromaru Hime (しろまるひめ). Or White round princess. Silly, but cute and even with her own website: http://www.shiromaruhime.jp/. Her cherry blossom accessory really shows well known Himeji Castle is for their sakura.
Note: Himeji Castle is currently being restored so it may not be the best photo op, but the grounds are lovely especially during sakura season.
Himeji castle #fromwhereIstand thanks discount shop G.U. for the cheap pants and shoes together 1,400 yen or $12 good enough for a hike.
Weeping sakura last longer so you’ll often see them in bloom while the “pink snow” has started.
The pink snow is the best! End of the sakura season is so underrated.
Twilight heading to the Himeji Castle sakura light-up
Like snow, but not cold and PINK. Perfect.
The actual light-up inside the main grounds was cool AND FREE!
For light-up locations in Japan (sakura and koyo season) they use dedicated spot lights that make the colors really POP.
Even at the end of the Himeji Castle sakura season the light-up was still great.
Himeji Castle Omiyage!
Compared to other Japanese castle mascots (list) Shiromaru Hime is a true winner. Thankfully Himeji had lots of omiyage to buy to show off your Shiromaru Hime love.
Sadly both strawberry to show off the strawberry over sakura love but they look tasty.
Himeji Castle in Hyogo is a really nice visit and very convenient from both Kyoto and Osaka. There’s also a Hello Kitty cafe that I wish I knew about earlier. Himeji Castle sakura are really lovely even at the end of the season so if you’re in need of a short trip from the Kansai area, take a look.
Need more sakura? All the sakura posts on the Doll here