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Himeji Castle or another castle?

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Himeji Castle or another castle?

Hi, we're travelling to Japan in 3 weeks in August with two kids 8 & 10. We would like to go to a Japanese castle so I was thinking we could stop off at Himeji Castle on our way from Hiroshima to Kyoto. However, this would be on a Sunday so I understand it will be busy. We will also have our luggage with us and from my reading I see that locker storage is limited. And its also going to be hot, so I am not keen on long lines with two kids in the heat.

Is Himeji worth it or will it be easier to visit another castle in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya or Tokyo (we are staying in these places too)? We want to see a Japanese castle somewhere, but convenience is a major factor for us with the kids. Is Himeji worth the extra effort, or can we get a similar experience elsewhere with less fuss? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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11. Re: Himeji Castle or another castle?

>>do go and see Nijo in Kyoto as it's a palace

Well, I don't see what "palace" means here, but Nijo Castle is not related to Imperial family. It is not a typical Japanese castle but a nice site.

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12. Re: Himeji Castle or another castle?

Thanks for all your helpful replies! Definitely the kind of advice I was looking for and has given me lots to consider. The information on gardens has been helpful too, we are keen to see those. I will do more research on some of the other castles suggested, thanks again.

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13. Re: Himeji Castle or another castle?

Just remember the time you will be visiting, which is August - extreme heat and humidity, and main tourist season. So pace yourself, esp with children, and try to pack more in early AM than hot and humid PM into early evening.

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14. Re: Himeji Castle or another castle?

Drinking sugarless cold tea or water and taking rest in the aircon-ed places once in a while is recommended in Summer. Hats also prevent direct sunlight.

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15. Re: Himeji Castle or another castle?

One word: Matsumoto.

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