TRAVEL HIMEJI: Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty

by - Thursday, May 18, 2017

I've been meaning to go to Himeji in Hyogo prefecture in Kansai region ever since I start seeing Himeji x Cherry blossoms photos last year. Everything looks surreal and breathtakingly beautiful. You could just imagine how much more beautiful those green trees could be once they become pink. Yes, almost all the trees surrounding the castle are sakura trees. If you're wondering why you haven't heard of Himeji Castle until recently, it is because it underwent restoration until March 2015.

A local train
from Shin-Osaka station, Himeji can be reached both by bullet train (30 mins) and local train (roughly 1 hour and 10 mins). I came from (more) southern part of Japan, so from home I traveled  more or less 2 hours with two transfers.

In all honesty, I have always loved long local train rides. I love the view of the rural side of Japan many tourists who opt to stay only in the metropolitan don't usually see. The hills, mountains, birds, pet and pet owners walking down the street, rivers, old Japanese' houses are incredibly a good sight if you want to have a break from the restlessness of the city. Plus have I mentioned that I easily fall asleep in trains and buses versus my own comfy bed? Weird.

Himeji Station. What a beautiful station.

Look how clean and spacious the path through Himeji Castle is. If you look closely, you can see the Castle peeking through the trees from afar. From the station, it only takes 15-20 minutes to reach Himeji Castle.

Shopping area just right outside Himeji Station.
Long, narrow shopping areas like this are familiar places in Japan. They are usually located near most train stations and are called 'shōtengai' in Japanese.

Himeji station, surprisingly, has two or three shotengai with the two being connected to each other and the other one being on the other side of the road. Here, I found a Hello Kitty concept cafe and restaurant called...

Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty!

The food is affordable and surprisingly good. You know how much I love trying out themed and quaint restaurants both here in Japan (see Alice in Dancing Land Cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo) and Manila.  So it's no longer shocking for me if ever I found a pretty Instagrammable place with awful tasting food. But Café de Miki didn't disappoint. Plus the staff was extremely friendly!

If you're around Tokyo, there is also a Cafe de Miki at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.

Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty (Himeji)
姫路市駅前町309 ラボビル1F
TEL:079-226-3200Cafe opens at 9:30 and closes at 20:00

Now back to walk, I mean work!

I decided to divide my Himeji Trip post into two blog posts. I will be talking more about Himeji, and Himeji Castle especially, in my next post. Also, if you know any concept or themed cafe and restaurants in Japan don't be shy to comment down below! Thank you! :)

Map of Japan prefectures via d-maps.

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