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

by Hideo
(59) Reviews
9:30h $ 291 Price up to 30 people


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

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291.40 USD

Price up to 30 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ) .
$ 4.70
Extra hour.
$ 9.40

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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Licensed Guide
(59) Reviews


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


I guide you Hokkaido, especially Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, and the like. Please get in touch with me!!
Thank you.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
・trasportation fee (you and your guide)
・ lunch
・ entrance fee
Meeting Point
at your hotel ( in Osaka )
Ending Point
at your hotel ( in Osaka )
9:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 30 people   Flexible

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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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.

About Hideo

Licensed Guide

(59) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more

Reviews ( 59 )

2 months ago |   by Timothy

“ See Miyajima and Hiroshima with Hideo! ”

We met Hideo at the train platform at Hiroshima and he made sure we got back to Kyoto on a packed New Year's Day train. From end to end, a high quality service. My daughter wanted to try the local specialty, Okonomiyaki, and HIdeo made sure of that as well. In between we had a very informative tour complete with this own photos to add even more perspective. If you'd like a professional guide and great service connect with Hideo.

2 months ago |   by Jenny

“ Takayama & Shirakawago visit 24 Dec17 ”

Hideo has been very helpful & accommodative in our requests. We are happy to have Hideo as our guide. Thank you Hideo ! Regards, Andrew & Jenny Singapore

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Lily

“ Very informative ”

We had a full day with Hideo, learned a lot from him about the Osaka area and history. Hideo came prepared, with a printed itinerary, and historical photos.

3 months ago |   by Joanna

“ Wonderful trip of Kyoto and Nara ”

Hideo-san picked us up at the hotel in Osaka at the designated time. He showed us a planned itinerary of our trip. I made a request beforehand that I was with some seniors so walking needed a lot of breaks. We used the train the whole time. Hideo-san was very patient and accomodating of our requests. I will recommend him to friends who plan to do a trip to Osaka.

Very Good
3 months ago |   by Melinda

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Mr Hideyoshi is a very informative guide and provided us with a great explanation of the history of the Nara attractions.

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