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

by Hideo
(93) Reviews
9:30h $ 285 Price up to 30 people

Highlights

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

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285.20 USD

Price up to 30 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ).
$ 4.60
Extra hour.
$ 9.20

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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Highlights

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

Important

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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 )
Duration
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 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 ( 93 )
JEAN JEAN United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Hideo is Kind and Helpful Guide - highly recommended ”

Hideo got tickets for Kokedera - Temple and gardens. He guided me through the gardens. Helped me when I would have fallen. I have Parkinson's Disease and without his arm to hold, I would have fallen several times. Kind, polite helpful, excellent guide

Hideo:

Hi JEAN. I'm very happy to receive your good review. Saihoji Temple has another name "Kokedera" or moss garden. After reciting Hannya Shigyo, or the heart sutra,three times, we enjoyed walking two gardens; stroll-type garden and dry landscape garden. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. I wish you all the best of your good health. I hope to see you again. Thank you, JEAN.

Antoon Antoon Suriname ( Friends )
Good
3 weeks ago

“ Punctual and professional ”

Knows his trade and was very patient.Has great consideration for our group.Was sharp on time and his transportation connections were fantastic.

Hideo:

Hi Antoon Thank you for your message. I'm very happy to meet your group. I hope to see you again.

Todd Todd United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Full-service guide that kept our large group moving ”

Hideo was a super tour guide! We booked professional tours through the cruise ship at other destinations, and this tour was very comparable to those, at a fraction of the cost. I can highly recommend Hideo, based on this experience. I helped to organize the tour with Hideo for a group from Cruise Critic, that ended up being 25 people. Hideo consolidated all of the costs (travel, entry fees, lunch, etc) into a total fee, and Hideo took care of arranging and planning everything. He met us at the pre-arranged time on the dock and had us back to the dock on schedule. The original plan was to use local public transportation, but Hideo organized private transportation using a comfortable bus, due to the size of the group and concerns about keeping everyone together. Hideo also offer... read more

Hideo:

Hi Todd I'm very happy to receive your message. All of you kept time, so I could move ahead on the schedule. I'd like to show you the appreciation. I wish you every happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Todd.

Sandy Sandy New Zealand ( Friends )
Poor
1 month ago

“ Himeji tour ”

A group of six adults had arranged for Hideo to meet us at the ship and take us to the castle and adjoining gardens and then go on the rope way above the town. We found to our disappointment that Hideo had no interest in the group. He rarely volunteered any information, but did have some answers if we persisted with questions. One of our party was using a walkingstick and he showed no interest in her well-being, particularly in the fact that there were so many flights of steps which we had to do barefooted. At no stage did he check whether she was all right with this or whether she would have preferred to head back downstairs before reaching the top. He would walk ahead of us and not wait to see if we were all together. At one stage he took off across a busy road to make inquiri... read more

Hideo:

Dear Sandy I awfully sorry to say that I troubled you. I gave the itinerary to you when I met you, so I thought that where we would go next. First I was going to have lunch in Koukoen Garden but the restaurant was full, so temporarily I seperated to look for another restaurants but I couldn't find it. I'd like to take your point seriously and I'll make use of this experienc moving forward. Thank you, Sandy.

Ellen Ellen United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Exceptional Guide ”

Hideo was a real find. Our group of 6 engaged him to escort and guide us around Osaka, with transportation and sightseeing through Nara and three days of touring in Kyoto. We found him to be very personable and articulate. Hideo was extremely knowledgeable about each of these destinations, as well as how to navigate them and avoid the crowds. He went above and beyond to make what was a first trip to Japan for most of us to be memorable. Hideo ensured that each of our tours were comprehensive and there was very little that we did not see. We were also pleased with his dining recommendations. We would highly recommend Hideo to anyone seeking a guide and hope to one day enlist his services again.

Hideo:

Hi Ellen I'm very happy to receive your message. It was the peak season of cherry blossom viewiing, so we could enjoy beautiful cherry blosoms at Nara Todaiji Temple, and Nijo Castle, Arashiyama and Maruyama Park in Kyoto. Furhermore I ran into you at Kochi Castle because you were aboard in Celebrity Millennium Cruise ship and I guided another guests aboard in Westerdam Cruise Ship. I wish you enjoy Japan trip and every happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Ellen. Best HIDEo Yoshida

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