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

by Seiko
(42) Reviews
8h $ 249 Price up to 6 people


  • 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 - ******* 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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249.20 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 17.80


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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  • 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 - ******* 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!


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
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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 42 )
Marcio Marcio United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic introduction to Kyoto! ”

This was our first trip to Japan and we chose Seiko to introduce us to Kyoto in our very first day. She was the PERFECT tour guide: calm, flexible, thorough, knowledgeable, and fun. We visited some of the main attractions in one day and she even taught us how to use the public transportation by ourselves. Overall, an extremely good experience.


Thank you for your kind comment, Marcio. I had a PERFECT day with you all!! Thank you for asking me lots of interesting questions as well. I enjoyed not just showing the sites, our culture and food etc. but also hearing about your connections to Japan and Japanese culture before you actually visited here. I wish I could have taught your sons more Japanese words, but hope at least "Sumimasen" was useful :) Thanks again!!!! Seiko

Gary Gary United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Great Informative Guide and Excellent English Speaker!!! ”

Seiko was wonderful! She worked to adjust our itinerary at the last minute due to the excessive heat/humidity in Kyoto/Uji. We walked through Uji (learned how to make matcha), visited Byodo-In Temple and Fushimi-Inari in Kyoto. She made the most of our time with how efficient she planned everything. If you enjoy hearing interesting facts about the various places you visit I would highly recommend Seiko! You will not be disappointed!


Thank you Gary for the positive and thoughtful review. One of the things I care most for planning a tour is efficiency to maximize the limited time together, so I am very glad to hear your comment about it! I hope you had a great time despite the heat in Kyoto (& glad you barely missed the typhoon!) and are now enjoying the maccha from Uji at home! Seiko

Llyswen Llyswen United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ 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!


Thanks for the fun and easy-going tour! Your family were so lively and approachable from the moment we met, and chatting with your kids who are cheerful and curious was a bonus! Hope your son got better soon, and you could see and enjoy more for the rest of your days in Kyoto. Seiko

Delly Delly United States
2 months ago

“ 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


Thank you Delly for the wonderful time! You help me break the record with my pedometer!! I was lucky to be picked by you guys, so fit and fun to walk with, and absolutely enjoyed walking from the corner to corner in Uji and even to the top of Fushimi Inari! You could see a lot more of our real and everyday life in Japan. I was sad to say good-bye in the bus after such a great time of walking, cycling, and chatting with you all about everything especially about anime and football with your son:). Hope you'll come back to Japan to see more some day, maybe in a different season. Thanks again!! Seiko

Karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ ?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.


Thank you Karen and everyone! I'm very relieved to hear that you had a good time despite the hustle and bustle for the boat and train ride at the end....: ) I think we covered a lot within the limited time which cannot be done with the cruise ship tour, thanks to you all giving a clear picture of what you want to see/eat/buy before and during the tour. Please cheer for Hanshin Tigers from the States and say hi to the people at the United Noodles for me!! Seiko

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