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What are you doing in Himeji?|Street interviews with 13 groups of foreign tourists traveling in Himeji!

In fiscal year 2023, Himeji Castle boasted a record number of about 450,000 foreign visitors, and is expected to be even more lively for the Osaka-Kansai Expo in 2025. What was most interesting during our street interviews was how multinational the visitors were, coming from Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. Himeji is truly a world city that attracts the attention of people from all over the world. So, let’s ask the question, “What are they doing in Himeji?

・Peterson Family From ALASKA

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle

■What other places did you visit?

We visited Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo. Nara was full of deer and looked like Alaska. We saw various historical sites, especially the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which was wonderful.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

In our country, you can see bears on the road, deer in the school yard, and other wildlife in various aspects of daily life. The great nature is certainly the charm of our country, but I would say that it is the only thing that makes it so appealing. I envy you for your good transportation system and restaurants. I especially love the convenience stores where I can easily get food!

・Sophie, Sam, Ashleigh, Jared From NEW ZEALAND

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle

■What other places did you visit?

I was learning about Japan at school, and when I heard about Himeji Castle, I thought I must come here. I have already visited quite a few others, including Hiroshima, Osaka, Nara, Koyasan, and Nagoya. Japan is wonderful as a tourist destination. Unlike my own country, it is neither noisy nor hurried, but is quiet and comfortable despite the large number of people. Just looking at castles and historical buildings gives me a sense of romance.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

Japanese people are all polite and kind. The clean streets and lack of litter may reflect such character.

・Kate From POLAND

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle at night

■What other places did you visit?

I came to Himeji at night because I wanted to see Himeji Castle light up. I’m now on my way to Himeji Castle. I hope to enjoy the atmosphere of Otemae-dori Street on the way to Himeji Castle.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

I am still amazed at the buildings. Tall buildings and the transportation network give me the impression that Japanese industry is well developed. I am also attracted by the fact that Japan has a different charm from that of Europe. I like Japanese rice dishes, sashimi, and ramen. I am also surprised by the wide variety of Japanese cosmetics.My daughter wants some Japanese cosmetics, so I’m going to buy some for her.

2 Ramen Shops Originated in Himeji|Tonkotsu (pork bone), Shio (salt) and Miso Tammen with ginger and soy sauce!

・Patricia, Francors From BELGIUM

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To see Himeji Castle and the Koko-en Garden

■What other places did you visit?

Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site, is majestic and wonderful to see in person. Also, Japanese gardens are really beautiful. I was glad to have come to Japan to walk around the Koko-en Garden.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

First, I think it is a very clean country. I was surprised at the lack of garbage. I was also impressed by kindness and politeness of the people.

KOKO-EN – Japanese Garden next to Himeji Castle|Enjoy the seasonal beauty of nine gardens

・Kulbusant, Sunita From ENGLAND

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To see Himeji Castle and the Koko-en Garden

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

All the places I have visited all over Japan! Especially the historical buildings are truly amazing. Actually I came to Japan to participate in the Tokyo Marathon, and I am constantly impressed by the sights I see everywhere I go in Japan.

・Joshua From AMERICA

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Japan on a business trip, this is my third time

■What souvenirs have you got this time?

I was looking for a sweet potato using Naruto Kintoki at the souvenir shop in Piole Himeji, and “Sen Hime Sweet Potato” was recommended by chance. I was satisfied to have obtained the product I wanted.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

Every time I come here, I just think that every place is beautiful and the people are all friendly. Also, the food is delicious. Sushi from Tsukiji, beef from Kobe, etc. In Himeji, I tried Japanese-Korean food and such a fusion cuisine is also good. I also appreciate that there are places where you can have a drink in the daytime. Japan is truly a wonderful country when it comes to food.

・Jun-Lin, Peining From TAIWAN

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle

■What souvenirs do you want to get this time?

What I am looking for on this trip is handkerchiefs with a Japanese pattern. I am looking for patterns that symbolize Japanese culture like Mt. Fuji, as well as floral designs like cherry blossoms and wisteria. I want to buy a lot of them for my collection!

・Claudio, Claudia From ARGENTINA

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle

■What other places did you visit?

I came to Japan to participate in the Tokyo Marathon. While there, I am sightseeing in various parts of Japan.

■What souvenirs do you want to get this time?

I went shopping at Piole Himeji in my spare time between train transfers. At Snoopy Town Shop Piole, I bought my favorite Snoopy doll as a souvenir.

・Danny, Leonor, Noel, Sara From SPAIN

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle, enjoy shopping

■What souvenirs do you want to get this time?

As a reminder of our trip, we all bought “Princess Mononoke can badges “to see what’s inside when opened. Everyone got a different design, but Noel won the same design as he had had. Can you guess how many Mononoke badges he has on his backpack? He likes Princess Mononoke that much.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

We are very familiar with Japanese anime because it is broadcast on TV in Spain. We especially like Ghibli movies, especially “Princess Mononoke” and “Laputa”, in particular. In Japan, we are happy to find anime goods at Kiddy Land Piole Himeji and many other places. We are thinking of having a cup of green tea at Nana’s Green Tea while looking at today’s loot.

animate Himeji – One of the largest anime specialty store in Himeji!|Selling comics and anime goods

・Cooper Family From CANADA

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To visit Himeji Castle, enjoy shopping

■What do you want as a souvenir this time?

I am interested in Shiseido and other Japanese cosmetics, so I would like to buy some to take home. Uniqlo and Muji are also famous brands in Canada, so I will check them out as well. After window shopping, I am planning to go to a revolving sushi restaurant for lunch.

・Calvin From HONG KONG

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To sightsee Himeji Castle and the castle town

■What other places did you visit?

I visited Kyoto. The historical spots like Himeji and Kyoto are beautiful. After visiting Himeji Castle, I move on and go see the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. I hear it is beautiful at sunset time.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

For dinner today, I am going to Wagyu Charcoal Grill “Ohashi”, which is walking distance from Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. You can eat Hida beef in BBQ style and the price is reasonable. Like sushi, it is nice to be able to eat good food at a reasonable price.

・Junyoung,Yeongbi From KOREA

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To sightsee Himeji Castle and the Koko-en Garden

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

I wanted to catch a glimpse of Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site. It is really beautiful. After this, I plan to go to the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, and then to eat seafood such as sashimi and sushi from Akashi. What is the most impressive is that the people are friendly. And they are polite. When you get on a bus, go to a store, or anywhere else, they greet you with ” Irasshaimase! ” It is wonderful to be greeted by someone, which makes us happy.

・Cali From Brazil, Ryan From Scotland

■What are you doing in Himeji?

To sightsee Himeji Castle and the Koko-en Garden

■What other places did you visit?

The projection mapping at Piole Himeji is also beautiful and We took pictures of it with my camera. We are going to have sushi in Himeji for dinner. We love sushi very much.

■What has impressed you most since you came to Japan?

An organized machine. The transportation network and all of the mechanical systems are so developed that it was amazing to see them in person. In our country, where the machines are also well developed, they often break down, and I was much impressed by how well everything is managed and how few breakdowns there are. Besides, the people are very kind and help us without saying anything. It is really wonderful.

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This article is current as of Apr 2, 2024. It may differ from the latest information.

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