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Himeji Castle & Kobe City Photogenic Tour (+ Hanshin Tigers game!)


Hyogo
8 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Visit the most famous and beautiful castle of Japan - Himeji Castle with 400 years of histoty
In the afternoon, we'll visit Kobe, known as a cosmopolitan city located between the Rokko Mountain Range and Kobe Harbor, attracting many tourists with its amazing night view. You can choose to enjoy the view from the mountain, harbor or both sides.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Seiko.

  • Himeji Castle (1,000 yen, free for licensed guides)
  • Option: Kitano Ijinkan walk - if you don't mind walking uphill
  • Nunobiki Herb Garden (ropeway: 1,200 yen with discount, free for licensed guides)
  • BE KOBE at Meriken Park - ******* spot!
  • Kobe Harborland for night view
  • Option: Shopping or tea break at Ampanman museum - most popular character among Japanese babies. Recommended for the ages between 1-4
  • Option: Kobe beef dinner
  • Option: Hanshin Tigers baseball game at Koshien (during the season only, extra hour and entrance fee required) - experience Japanese professional baseball game with the enthusiastic Hanshin Tigers fans!

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What to Expect

You will visit Himeji Castle first and then have a casual local lunch there.
On the way back to Osaka/Kyoto, you'll stroll around in Kobe where you can feel an exotic old town atmosphere and enjoy the city view from Nunobiki Herb Garden while walking thru the beautiful garden park.
We will also visit the new and popular "BE KOBE" monument with others on the way to Harborland.
Harborland is known as the best spot for Kobe harbor night view with a street of various types of restaurants and few shopping malls. I recommend having a nice dinner such as Kobe beef in this area after the tour.
With additional hours, you can also choose to enjoy Hanshin Tigers baseball game at Koshien stadium - which could be most entertaining experience for you in Japan with the fans known as most exciting and energetic of all the 12 professional teams in Japan. (only during the baseball season)

This is a good tour for those who got "templed-out" in Kyoto and traveling long enough in Japan to see more modern side of Japan : )

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Departure & Return

Depart From Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe
Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (additional fee), JR Sannomiya, or JR Osaka station
Ending Point Kobe Harborland or JR Osaka station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pickup in Umeda, JR Osaka or ShinOsaka area. 20%

What‘s not included

Transportation fee, lunch, dinner, entrance fee for both you and guide
FYI, JR fare from Osaka to Himeji is 1,490 yen, 970 yen from Himeji to Kobe, and 410 yen from Kobe to Osaka. Free with JR pass.
One-day pass for Kobe bus is 660 yen with discount for Nunobiki Herb Garden.

Important

Baseball game is only available during the season (no game on Mondays)

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only.
2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end before booking.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation.
The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

1. You will be walking a lot during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring an umbrella or poncho in case of rain.

2. Transportation fee and lunch/dinner for you and guide is not included. Even if you have a JR pass or IC card, you'll be asked to purchase tickets for the guide in cash. With the standard itinerary, the total transportation cost for this tour per person will be around 3,500 yen per person from Osaka without JR pass. With JR pass, it will be 660 yen. If you buy JR Kansai Area Pass for inbound tourists (2,300 yen/day per person), it will save 570 yen per person (not available for the guide).

3. Hanshin Tigers baseball game is held only during the professional baseball season (April-October). Ticket rates are ranged from 1,900 yen to 4,800 yen depending on seat location. You will be asked to pay for the tickets in advance for popular games such as against Tokyo Giants. read more

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

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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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Renee Frances Renee Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Uber-satisfied family of 4 ”

We love how attentive and accommodating Seiko is. My children adore her for being funny and friendly. Also, she knows her way around. Worth your every penny. We will definitely book her again.

Lorna Lorna United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Full day Kyoto with fantastic guide ”

Seiko is an excellent knowledgeable guide with great English skills and attentive, intuitive sense of what we were interested in and spent more time guiding and explaining the historical and cultural significance of them. We had an optional day planned for Nara but learned from her about the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. She noted that we enjoyed the arts and suggested it as another option. A bonus from a professional that really knows the country!

Christopher Christopher United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ history, hidden gems, and laughs! ”

My sister, niece and I spent three amazing days with Seiko. We had so much fun, we wanted to have more days! She is so full of knowledge about Japanese culture, food, history, and art. She navigated us swiftly and effortless around Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka, and showed us many hidden jewels we would have missed if we had been on our own. She is also super sweet, a great conversationalist, and a lot of fun. After Day 1, she already felt like a old family friend. We hope to see her again!!

Seiko:

Thanks Chris, you guys were amazing! I had such a great time in the 3-day tour especially showing different kinds of sake and some of my favorite dishes to the gourmet family:) 3 days were not enough for me to accommodate your kind of people, so please come back and let me show you more! Thanks again! Seiko

Stephen Stephen United States
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Highly Recommend this Amazing Tour of Kyoto ”

Seiko guided us right from the train platform throughout the day to all of major sights of Kyoto. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all the history, culture, and little details of the city. Plus, she provides the personable touch to ensure you enjoy every moment that you will not get from a big tour company! We are so very greatful to her for an amazing day in Kyoto!

Seiko:

Thanks Stephen! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed my tour as you came all the way from Tokyo:) Thank YOU for being so friendly and open that I felt like I was just taking my friends around Kyoto. Sorry about the rush but I hope the tour deserved the travel time and you had a great time in Tokyo and other areas of Japan. Thanks and see you again! Seiko

Juan Juan United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Probably the BEST guide we had during our 2 week tour of Japan ”

Seriously! Seiko was an absolutely awesome tour guide. She was incredibly prepared and had picture and history printouts about each of the places we visited. She was incredibly patient and gracious with us and even happily went over our allotted time in order to get us on the train back to our hotel. Our visit with Koyoto would definitely not have been the same without Seiko

Seiko:

Thanks Juan! (& sorry for my late response) Although it was a short tour in the rain, we could visit many places and I was happy to see you were enjoying walking around Kyoto and trying local food & drinks! I hope you had a great time visiting other areas of Japan as well. Thanks again! Seiko

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