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

by Seiko
(40) Reviews
8h $ 240 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Himeji Castle (1,000 yen, free for guide)
  • Option: Kitano Ijinkan walk - if you don't mind walking uphill
  • Nunobiki Herb Garden (ropeway: 1,200 yen, free for guide)
  • BE KOBE at Meriken Park - Instagram 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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240.30 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 17.80

Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • Himeji Castle (1,000 yen, free for guide)
  • Option: Kitano Ijinkan walk - if you don't mind walking uphill
  • Nunobiki Herb Garden (ropeway: 1,200 yen, free for guide)
  • BE KOBE at Meriken Park - Instagram 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!

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. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions, except for facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.

***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

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pickup in Umeda, JR Osaka or ShinOsaka area.
What‘s not included
transportation fee, lunch, dinner, entrance fee for both you and guide
Depart From
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe
Meeting Point
At your hotel (additional fee), JR Sannomiya, or JR Osaka station
Ending Point
Kobe Harborland or JR Osaka station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

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?

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 40 )
Excellent
1 week ago |   by Llyswen

“ Fantastic guide! ”

Seiko was a fantastic guide, she showed us a great selection of sites to give us a good feel for Kyoto. My husband and I and our kids (11 and 13) learned a lot and she’s really nice. We all enjoyed the tour!

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3 weeks ago |   by Delly

“ Beyond my expectation!!!!! ”

The best guide I’ve ever had!!!! Seiko made me feel like a sister that I left here in Japan☺️. She arranged our itinerary base on our interest as we were haft way trough our day. She is very knowledgeable about where to go and the rich history of each places. She took us to a very nice local lunch witch we would never find on our own or on TripAdvisor. She not only took us to popular places, but also the places that only local know. She is so flexible with her time, her 8hrs doesn’t just ended at the exact time, she made sure we have a good time till the end. If you want to experience Kyoto with a high energy, loving and feel like one of the local Seiko is A MUST!!! Thank again Seiko for keeping with our pace ☺️. It should be the other way around. Delly

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Karen

“ ?saka day trip ”

We had a fabulous day in Osaka with Seiko. We met her at Kobe port and she expertly navigated us through the trains to Osaka. We saw the highlights by foot and boat as Seiko gave us the history of the city. We had lunch at a local sushi restaurant which was wonderful (it was tiny but worth the wait). Our two college aged children had a great time as Seiko was so easy to get along with and made our day fun. This was far better than taking the tours offered by our cruise ship.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Martin

“ Great day out with Seiko ”

A great day out with Seiko in Nara and Osaka! Knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Dan

“ The best decision we made for our first trip to Japan! ”

My girlfriend and I did a 6 hour tour with Seiko in Kyoto. It was, without exaggeration, the best decision we made by far. She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and her English is near native speaker level. But what really impressed us was her ability to connect with us and the positive energy she brought to the time we spent together. By the second hour, it felt more like a good friend was showing us around her home town than a paid guide doing her job. We talked about all kinds of things, beyond just the factoids expected from a tour. I think we had the most fun chatting about her experiences living in the US, and the cultural idiosyncrasies of Japanese people. And when we said goodbye, we felt sad that she couldn’t come with us to Tokyo. After she got to know us, she also gave us restaurant recommendations for Osaka that she thought we would enjoy, and she was on point! I would highly, highly recommend anyone visiting either Osaka or Kyoto to hire Seiko for a day. You THINK you can just follow recommendations on TripAdvisor and follow google map here and there, but trust me - having a great guide like Seiko makes your experience 10 times more amazing and efficient. You will not regret it!

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