Where is the best place to see Himeji Castle?
Nevetherless, the city has been internationally famous and popular to visit only because Japan’s first world heritage site Himeji Castle is situated there.
(We local people are really proud of the castle because we don’t have other tourist hotspots)
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in Himeji
However, as the wave of globalization accelerated, a number of large iron enterprises have moved their facilities from domestic to international markets.
This became severe especially between 2011 and 2012 (I was getting involved in the industry back then), this negative consequence hasn’t changed since then.
As a result, the strong local economy created by the industry was gone. Hence, the city could no longer be dependent on the steel sector.
A new revenue stream
Actually, the renovation has to be implemented regularly. The previous ones were in 1910 and 1934.
The work assessed the damage and repaired the castle’s roofing tiles and outer walls. The original plan showed that it would take 3 years, but in reality, it took 5 and a half years.
*Himeji Castle is also called as Shirasagi Jo (white heron castle).
Fortunately, however, the number of visitors to the castle has increased significantly ever since it was reopened.
In fact, the number surpassed 2M for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017, and it’s supposed to renew the record this year too.