taking the nozomi from Hiroshima on our way to Kyoto - what is the name of the station we want to get off for the Himeji Castle?
Assuming you don't have any luggage with you, one taxi will do. Three can sit in the back and one in front.
>>Is your suggestion to take a taxi from the train station to Himeji Castle rather than the bus (or was there another castle called Engyoji Temple)? There will be 4 of us travelling together, will one cab be sufficient?<<
I personally suggest that if you are going to Engyoji take a bus from the train station. Engyoji is a large temple/shrine complex on tome of Mt. Shosha. The bus ride is about 20 minutes and there's a cable car to the top of the mountain (5 minutes or so). There are two reasons I think it makes sense to go to Engyoji before the castle. First, it's much easier to get the bus from the station than it is to figure out which bus stop to wait at when you're at the castle, but it's very easy to figure out where to get off the bus at the castle on the way back (it's obvious, and if you miss it the walk is very short). Second, the temple opens at 8:30 am and the castle opens at 9:00 am, so if you're really pressed for time (for example if you're stopping in Himeji on your way to Hiroshima) it saves a little bit.
If you're just going to the castle then I suggest walking. For starters you'll need two taxis; at most 3 people will fit in one cab. It's also not that far, and I personally feel you understand a place much better by walking. There are a convenience stores and bakeries along the way so you can get snacks or something to drink if you want.
its only a 15 minute walk in a straight line from the station.
It is a magnificent castle and worth taking some time to get around.
While we were there, we had a volunteer guide come up and offer to take us around for a little while. We only had a short time with him, but he certainly highlighted some very interesting points about the castle.
If you can work out how to get a guide and have the time, I'd recommend it.
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