Hime­ji is an ancient cas­tle town in Hyō­go Pre­fec­ture, Japan. It was ele­vat­ed to the sta­tus of a city on April 1, 1889. Par­tic­u­lar­ly worth see­ing there is Hime­ji Cas­tle (Hime­ji-jō), also called “White Heron Cas­tle,” which is one of Japan’s nation­al cul­tur­al trea­sures and was rec­og­nized by UNESCO as a World Her­itage Site in 1993. The park around the cas­tle is known as one of the par­tic­u­lar­ly beau­ti­ful places for the cher­ry blos­som fes­ti­val Hana­mi and attracts many vis­i­tors every year. We made a day trip there from Kyō­to on Feb­ru­ary the 22nd, 2023, unfor­tu­nate­ly it was ear­li­er than the cher­ry blossom.