Today I woke up at 6am (probably the jet lag) and read until everyone else had woken up. We then had breakfast and at 9am Michiko dropped us off at Himeji Castle. We paid for our ticket (I paid less since I’m 16) and proceeded to visit the place until 1pm. Once inside, we came across a volunteer guide and we decided to join her, just the two of us! Her name is Yasuko Endo and she was very nice to us and explained a lot about the castle! I understand now why it is considered the most beautiful castle in Japan now after seeing its white plastered walls and black hued tiles! No wonder it’s also called the Flying White Heron! The fact that it was never attacked and never got damaged by earthquakes or WW2 makes it even more remarkable. It was restored and became open to the public only in March this year! So we were really lucky to go inside! I really enjoyed myself! If you ever come to Himeji, this is the place to visit!
Later, when we finished the tour, we went walking towards a nearby Starbucks where Michiko would pick us up, but since we were a bit early, I wanted to take a detour and came across this neat little retail centre where we spent some time and I bought some things. We then waited for a bit at Starbucks and went to eat at a restaurant with Michiko-san! At about 3pm, we left the house to go to a hotel in Awaji Island with Michiko-san, who had business there, to stay the night (stopping for a while to admire the view)! The hotel is amazing, with an indoor swimming pool and everything!
We had a lot of fun and at 8:30 pm passed out on our beds. We are still getting used to the time difference I suppose! (x_x)