Now that the clouds have cleared up, blue skies and pink and white sakura trees were in full bloom. Instead of going to the Himeji Castle, I went to visit my favorite jogging spot where I burned of my beer belly running the stairs, Tegarayama Park. When sakura is in full bloom, the trees' horizons give the effect that you're floating amongst fluffy clouds.
Tegarayama has the best views in Himeji, in my opinion, and once you reach the top of the steep hill you're rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the the whole city. In Japanese culture, it's disrespectful to build anything higher than the city's castle. Since Teragayama is a mountain, it naturally provides an equal or even higher view point. For those of you who are familiar with LAX, there's definitely a resemblance between Tegarayama's cafe structure on top of the hill and LAX's revolving restaurant - it made me feel like part of LA was in Japan.
Reaching the top of Tegarayama, I was able to enjoy a few tall cans under then sakura canopies while I caught my breath. There's something therapeutic about kicking your feet up and watching sakura, every once in a while I need that kind of therapy - no phone, no music, no distractions.