Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:
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
Himeji Castle is a hilltop castle complex from the feudal period. The castle is regarded as the most spectacular and finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. It's a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems.
It's a spectacular historic site and a must-see. Even for those who are not particularly interested in castles or historic sites, a trip to this place is really fascinating. It can be either a half day trip on the way to Hiroshima or a short day trip from Osaka or Kyoto.
Official website: http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/
[updated by whentobewhere]