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Himeji Castle, The Set of The Last Samurai or Engyoji Temple


Himeji
9:30 hours
up to 30 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Itinerary

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  • Himeji Castle
  • Engyoji Temple or the set of the Last Samurai

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What to Expect

First, I would like to introduce you to the most famous castle in Japan.

In 1993, Himeji Castle was designated as the first World Cultural Heritage site in Japan. Because of its striking beauty and elegance, it is popularly known as the "White Egret castle", but in fact it was an impregnable fortress.

The entire castle is protected by massive walls of stones and the individual stones of all sizes are fitted together with superb skill. The path leading to the base of donjon is narrow, winding and runs uphill. As the crow flies, the distance from the first gate to the tower is about 130 meters, but attackers would have to climb a route at least three times longer. This woud confuse the attackers, leaving them exhausted or demoralizes.

Himeji Castle is one of the few castles that still has some of its original parts while other castles were destroyed during World War Ⅱ. In fact Himeji Castle had been in repair since 2009. The restoration work has finished and the restoration facilities are now being dismantled. The Castle will be open to the public on March 27th 2015 (this year!). . . Don't miss it !!

Next, I would like to introduce you Engyoji Temple, where the movie "Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe was shot. The temple is located about 6 kilometers northwest from the Castle. We can take a bus and a ropeway from Himeji station to the Temple, taking about an hour. The precinct has a large Maniden, a big Lecture Hall, Jikido, or which was used in the Last Samurai, and other buildings. You can see a panoramic view of the entire city of Himeji.

Why don't you visit Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple with me?

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel ( in Osaka )
Ending Point at your hotel ( in Osaka )

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

・trasportation fee (you and your guide)
・ lunch
・ entrance fee

Important

I guide you Sapporo Furano Otaru Hakodate in Hokkaido, Aomori in Hokuriku, Miyazaki Nagasaki in Kyushu, Kochi in Shikoku. Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato, and Kochi. Please get in touch with me!!
Thank you.

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

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are ?

We use trains, buses, and ropeways for transportation. If we start from Osaka Station, transportation fee of this tour is 4,280 yen per person. My transportation to Osaka station is 560 yen. Entrance fee for Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple is 1,000yen, 500yen per person. respectively.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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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Polly Polly Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Highlight Tour of Kyoto ”

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

Rosemary Rosemary United States ( Friends )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Day in kyoto ”

Hideo took us from OsK to Kyoto. He was a knowledgeable guide. English was pretty good and his organization of the day very helpful

Hideo:

Hello Rosemary I'm very glad to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with Tenpura for lunch in Nishiki Market. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

Iris Iris United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ He was knowledgeable on the sights we visited. ”

Hideo did a remarkable tour for us. I would recommend him to anyone visiting Japan.

Hideo:

Thank you, Iris. I'm very happy to receive your message. I'm sure you enjoy the Kochi tour. I wish you all the jealth. I hope to see you again. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

Tina Tina United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Osaka Tours in 5 hrs. ”

Mr Hideo was on time Extra mile take us to different place even not in the itinerary Very clear time and cost for train, subway each places We’re very highly recommend Mr Hideo

Hideo:

Hi Tina I'm very happy to receive your message. We enjoyed German Christmas Market under Umeda Sky Building, Midosuji Illumination and Dotonbori Light up. Today In Kyoto we enjoyed beautifully changing colors of autumn leaves; Arashiyama, Kinkakuji (Golded Pavilion), and Kodiaji Temple of night illumination. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Tina. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

Anna Anna United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great Day exploring Hiroshima and Miyajima ”

We had a wonderful time exploring Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hideo was a great guide and kept us on schedule. We loved experiencing Miyajima island it was very special and beautiful. He gave us lots of local information and insight into the area. He was able to find us a wonderful, traditional lunch. Although it was raining we had a great time exploring and learning with Hideo.

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your message. We had Okonomiyaki, or Japanese-styl pancake, in the Okonomiyaki village for lunch. I had a great time with you, too. I hope to see you, again. Thank you, Anna.

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