Yokohama

The Final visit of my original Japan tour with British was going to Yokohama.

Yokohama is near the sea and has a port.

Statue of a girl with red shoes. There is a famous song about a girl with red shoes.

Yokohama is the first town in Japan with gas lamps.

And also the first town to play tennis.

There is a China Town.

There is a church.

There are many houses built in Europian style.

Also miniature houses too.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle also called the White Heron is a world tresure.

This year is the 25th anniversary of becoming a world tresure.

I was asked to visit a Japanese Castle during my orignal Japanese tour, so I decided to take the English people to Himeji Castle.

The castle is not far from Himeji station.

When we left the station, we could see the castle.

Then we walked there. The castle was directly ahead.

I think, foreign people do not need a guide. My group did not need me.

Anyway I enjoyed to see around by myself.

We entered the castle.

View from inside the castle

The top most floor

We could see Himeji Station.

There is no lift or escalator, the corridor is narrow. It was an adventure.

We entered Nishi-no-maru too. There are long corridors.

My British tour members looked like they enjoyed the visit to Himeji Castle.
I recommend going to Himeji Castle for sightseeng. You can go there easily and there are a lot of guides who can speak foreign languages.

Ueyama Inn at Shioda Hot Spring

My British friend recommended that we stay at Ueyma Inn.
He got the information from the website and he stayed there.

Our group(five Britih people and I) took the Inn’s bus from Himeji Station.

Ueyama Inn has a natural hot spring named Shioda.
They have an outside bath.

We enjoyed the hot spring.

At the dinner, we ate with a Canadian man who was alone.
We chatted about touring Japan.

The dinner

After the dinner, the inn offered us a rest at the Irori space with Japanese tea and dryed potato.

We had a relaxing time and enjoyed baking dryed potato.

The inn offered a traditional Japanese breakfast.

They have a special porridge boiled only with water from the hot spring.

They show the picture, so the British people can understand what is the dish.

Ueyama inn’s location is very beautiful.

There was a good view from the room.

One of our group’s room had a massage chair.
They were excited to try it.

I agree with my friend the staff were very kind and helpful.
We would like to visit again.