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Historic Site

When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.

You can enjoy a visit any season. They say that in the summer it's more beautiful. In general it's more pleasant to visit the city between spring and fall. During winter you don't experience a Siberian cold but the temperature still drops to a freezing daytime average of -12°C (10°F) in January/February.

Opening hours of the museum are: daily 11 AM - 6 PM (Saturday till 8 PM). Closed on Mondays. It can get a little busy if you arrive together with others on a tour but not heavily crowded. Visitors: 80,000 each year only.

RU Russia

It's a great year-round place, especially for photographers. However, it's a tourist trap and usually busy with many people gathering outside. To beat the crowds avoid weekends and be there in the morning. Also consider visiting at night: Everything is calmer and the tower is nicely illuminated. Check the sunset times here: http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/j...

If you'd like to get inside the museum, you have to get there during the day as it closes at 5:10 PM.

It's also great for photos in winter. Although it can get quite cold. Check monthly weather here: http://www.worldweatheronline.co...

JP Japan

I visited here in the morning and early evening. There are many visitors at any time of day, but never as crowded as in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum nearby. For a more peaceful visit of the dome avoid weekends and be there early morning or late evening.

The park is also known for its gorgeous cherry blossoms. Over 300 cherry trees can be found along the Motoyasu River which flows along the side of the park. They are blooming between mid-March and mid-April. If you'd like to see them check the cherry blossom forecast for the exact time each year: http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

JP Japan

It is interesting to visit in any season. I like it early morning and early evening.

CLIMATE/WEATHER: Every season is different and a great setting for photos. In summer the average daytime temperature reaches its maximum in July/August: 20°C (68°F). In winter it can get quite cold, the temperature drops below zero -3°C (26°F) in Jan/Feb, even colder during the night.

JP Japan

Expect big crowds year-round, especially on weekends. Quieter months may be December, January, February and June.

To avoid the crowds and a possible 1-2 hour waiting time in the queues:
- Arrive early. At least a couple of minutes before the gates open at 9:00 AM.
- Avoid weekends, go mid-week

There is even congestion forecast on the official website: http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/ and a forecast calendar http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/pd...

JP Japan

Since the place is easily accessible and the walk is a low level walk it can be done all year round. Sunsets are beautiful in this place. The best weather with the lowest rainfall is usually between April and June.

GB United Kingdom