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One Day Tour of Engyoji Temple and Koko-en Garden in Himeji

9 hours
up to 8 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour include Engyoji temple and Koko-en garden.
You can feel Buddhism temple atmosphere in Engyoji that is the filming location of the Hollywood movie of “Last Samurai”.
Koko-en in the west of Himeji castle consists of 9 gardens divided by mud wall with a roof.
This garden creates historical atmosphere with magnificent view of Himeji castle using the gardening techniques in the Edo period.


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  • 11:00 AM

    To take Ropeway from the foot of Shoshazan mountain to the entranc of Engyoji temple

    Engyoji temple was founded in 966 of Heian era as esoteric Tendai sect. This temple which is called as the west side of Hieizan Enryakuji temple is located around 6km north-west from Himeji castle. The altitude of the temple is 371 meter on the top of Shoshazan mountain and the way to reach there is to take Ropeway from the foot to the entrance path and to take a special bus to move to Maniden temple.

  • 11:30 AM

    To see Maniden:

    This building was established in 970 by Saint Seiku. He made Kannon statue carved inside a Cherry tree and built polls surrounding the tree with a roof attached. That is why the temple was located on the mountainside with a large veranda jutting out over the hillside. This building was burned down several times and restored in 1933 as current figure.

  • 12:30 PM

    To move to Nishitani and see MitsunoDo: (Daikodo, Jikido, Jyogyodo)

    Daikodo is the main hall of Engyoji temple and established in 986. Current building is restored in Muromachi era of 15th century. Many monks had listened to the sutra lecture, executed Zazen and discussion at this building. The principle image is Gautama Buddha with flanking image as Fugen Bosatsu and Monju Bosatsu. Jikido was established in 1174 and it was used as the place where trainee monks had sleep and eat. The principle image is Monju Bosatsu. The year of establishment of Jyogyodo is unknown. The stage facing to Daikodo inside this building was prepared where dancing and Japanese court music had been held to dedicate Gautama Buddha. The principle image of this buiding is Amitaba.

  • 14:00 PM

    To move to Koko-en by taking a bus and Ropeway and taking a lunch

    Japanese garden “Koko-en” was constructed in 1992 at the exact site of Nishi-Oyashiki (Lord’s West Residence) with Himeji castle, one of the world cultural heritages, as a background.

  • 15:30 PM

    To see Koko-en

    The area of Koko-en garden is about 3.5ha and it is composed of nine different gardens divided by mud wall with a roof, built on the archaecologically excavated site of Samurai houses and roads. Using the gardening techniques in the Edo period (1600-1860) as a good model. Koko-en creates historical atmosphere with magnificent view of Himeji castle. There are many gorgeous carps found in the garden pond of Samurai residence

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kobe
Ending Point At your hotel in Kobe

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000
Total of your transportaion fee during this tour for you (JR, bus and Ropeway): yen3480 per person
Transportation fee for a guide of yen3480
Lunch fee for you and a guide
Entrance fee: Engyoji temple for you: yen500 per person, Koko-en garden: yen300 per person,


I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo.
Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.
2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 53 )
4.5 (53) Reviews
Very Good
Linda Linda Australia ( Family with kids )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Passionate about Japan ”

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!


Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and ... read more

Diane Diane United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka ”

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!


Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour a... read more

I-Lin I-Lin Singapore ( Family with kids )
5 months ago

“ Hiroshima Day Tour ”

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!


I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong c... read more

May BN May Japan ( Friends )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima ”

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.


May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

hollie Hollie United States ( Friends )
7 months ago

“ Great guide ”

Had a great day with Kashima - our itinerary and the numbers in our group changed several times and he was so accommodating and nice about it. We saw the highlights we wanted and some great places we didn’t know about!


Hollie san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. Our original tour plan was one day tour on Oct.12 for Hakone & Yokohama. However, unfortunately, the biggest typhoon named 19th hit Japan in Kanto area from Oct.11 to Oct.12. Under this circumstance, you and your friends were kindly flexible to see the storm situation by communication with me and we could set the alternate tour on Oct.13 by making several alternate tour options prepared. In the end, we could enjoy Tokyo tour visiting Imperial palace, Zojoji, Tokyo tower, Harajuku, Omotesando and Shinjuku Golden Gai with beer drinking as final enjoyment under sunny weather on the day. I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy the tour even under this unexpected situation. During the tour, we coul... read more

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