How long is the train ride from Kyoto to Himeji Castle? Is the JRL pass good for this trip? Can the trip be done in one day (returning to Kyoto the same day)? Is it worth a day trip if I only have 2 1/2 days in Kyoto?
Will there be information available in English at the site? Are there other interesting places to visit near the castle?
I have three sons fascinated by samurai/daimyo lore; I would appreciate suggestions on how they can best enjoy this trip to the castle.
What are the must-see places in Kyoto (and even Tokyo for that matter!) for my sons who are avid fans of Kurosawa films like "Kagemusha," "Ran," and "Seven Samurai?"
Thanks a lot in advance for your advice!