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Himeji is a great place to go if you are visiting Western Japan.  The centerpiece of Himeji is a castle known as Himeji-Jo.  Although the castle in Osaka gets more attention, the one in Himeji is much more authentic.  The well preserved large wooden and stone structure spirals around and contains many floors.  While climbing the floors in the provided slippers, you can get a real feel for what it must have been like to live in the castle hundreds of years ago.

Himeji also sports a large open-air shopping area where many unique goods can be purchased for reasonable prices.  Himeji is less known to international tourists than the like of Kyoto and Osaka, and so there is less of a "tourism for trade" mentality.  You will see less T-shirts and more paper mache goods, etc.