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Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

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Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

We are in Kyoto at the moment, and are trying to work out what to do on our last day here.

We are heading to Hiroshima tomorrow morning for the day, and are thinking of Nara or Himeji on Wednesday...

What would everyone suggest if we can only do one of these places? Or, if possible can we do both in a long day?

Thanks for your input.

PS - Kyoto is our favourite city so far!!

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1. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

Ideally, you should stop at Himeji on the way or back from Hiroshima since it's between Kyoto and Hiroshima. But the castle is open from 9 AM to 4PM so it might be difficult.

I've done Nara and Himeji in a day and it was totally doable.

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2. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

Hi davidpowell86,

Very envious that you are in Kyoto .... Kyoto is one of our favourites and usually make it one of our long stays... 8 days last September ...

We also loved Nara but it does deserve a day ...

Most travellers tend to do the Himeji visit on the Hiroshima run.... the castle visit can take a couple of hours...

Have you thought about what you are wanting to do in Hiroshima? Some travellers have done the Hiroshima trip as a one day venture... I think the area needs two days with a visit to Miyamiji .

If you have planned to go to Hiroshima, a visit to Himeji would be your best bet.

Without seeming too rude.... where are you venturing today in Kyoto?

Happy travelling

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3. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

Sorry Shibuyakko,

Didn't see your reply....

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4. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

I would agree with doing Himeji on your way to Hiroshima. Get to the castle as it opens at 9AM. Then back to the train station and off to Hiroshima.

If you are on the JR rail pass, you will need to plan your train times in advance. Not all shinkansen stop in Himeji, so you need to plan your time leaving Kyoto and then again leaving Himeji. Leaving Hiroshima to get back to Kyoto will be more flexible as there are more trains that stop in both of those places.

If you are not using the JR rail pass, then you can use Nozomi trains, which leave more frequently so exact planning is not as necessary.

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5. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

It's not an ideal plan in my opinion to go to both Himeji and Nara on the same day if you are based in Kyoto. From Kyoto, it takes an hour to get to Himeji. From Himeji, you need to travel two hours to Nara (in the opposite direction). From Nara, it's another hour back to Kyoto so that's a total of four hours a day on the train. Ideally, Himeji should indeed be a stop between Hiroshima and Kyoto.

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6. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

IMPORTANT:

Renovations started at Himeji castle, which is probably your destination. Maybe some parts of the can still be visited, other parts will be closed.

Best is to check with a tourist office if you want to be sure.

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7. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

Himeji definitely! Catch a two-hour free English speaking guided tour. You'll love it. Hiroshima and Miyajima in one day is doable - we spent two hours in Hiroshima then about three in Miyajima!

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8. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

Thankyou so much for everyone's help!

We have decided to try and visit Himeji en-route to Hiroshime tomorrow morning.

I think I have this right - we are catching the shinkansen from Kyoto @ 8am, arriving in Himeji just after 9am (we can catch an earlier one, which takes only 45 mins and arrives at 8sh) Your thoughts?

From there, we will catch another shinkansen from Himeji around 11am to Hiroshima, arriving @ 11.52.

Will this give us enough time in the afternoon to visit the necessary sights in Hiroshima and maybe to also get to Miyajima? And if so, what will be the best and quickest way to get to Miyajima?

We will want to leave around 5-6pm I think, to get back for dinner in Kyoto or Osaka, either way.

Thankyou everyone!

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9. Re: Hemeji or Nara?? Can we even do both in a day?

See my other post (reply nr6).

Himeji castle is the main attraction in Himeji. But presently it is under renovation. They put a huge construction around the whole castle. It is still possible to go inside, but you dont get the same "WOW" effect anymore. (For future visitors: the castle will be closed from April onwards, for many years!!!).

So when your schedule is tight, pls consider what you spent your time on. Best is to ask tourist information at Kyoto station about the situation in Himeji.

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