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Himeji Castle and Toy Museum

by Azusa
(23) Reviews
6h $ 357 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Himeji Castle's secret strategies
  • Toy Museum's artistic and elaborate antique toys

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Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 35.72
Extra hour.
$ 9.40

Overview

We visit Himeji Castle and a roofed shopping arcade in Himeji. In the afternoon we move to Koro town by JR train to visit " Toy Museum." It takes about twenty minutes from Himeji to Koro by train.

What to Expect

Samurai warriors built black castles in the time of wars because black was difficult to see for enemies. And from Edo period, in the time of peace, they built white castles to show dignity of the lord of a castle. Himeji Castle is an excellent example of these white castles. The word " Hime" means " a princess " in Japanese. Some people complain " It looks like a princess wearing a heavy make-up." But she is really a tough lady. There are many clever tricks to trap enemies in this castle. Indeed she is going too far. If you were an enemy, how would you like to attack this fortress ? Please think the way when you visit this castle. Also there are some scary stories about this castle. In " Toy Museum," you'll be impressed by many elaborated works by craftsmen in Edo period and Meiji period. What kind of toys did children use when they were playing house in Edo period? The exhibits are works of art rather than toys.

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Highlights

  • Himeji Castle's secret strategies
  • Toy Museum's artistic and elaborate antique toys

Important

Himeji Castle's admission fee : 1000 JPY / Toy Museum 's admission fee : 600 JPY ( closed on Wednesdays)

What‘s included
guide fee , transportation fee ( guide ), entrance fee ( guide ), lunch ( guide )
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you ) , lunch( you ) , entrance fee ( you )
Meeting Point
Himeji Station
Ending Point
Himeji Station
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM
Number of people
up to 5 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.

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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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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 ( 23 )
Helene Helene Canada ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Our guide made visiting Hiroshima a more personal experience ”

Visiting Hiroshima is bound to be a moving and also disturbing experience. Azusa was a great companion and guide on this journey. She put together an excellent itinerary, including the use of JR bus (free with rail pass), and she accommodated our preferences both in the planning and on the spot. We learned a lot from Azusa and appreciated our conversations, and instead of feeling overwhelmed and lost, we were able to participate actively in the lantern floating, thus sharing in the common appeal of so many Japanese and visitors for global peace.

Azusa:

Dear Helene san Thank you so much for your kind review. The tour day was so humid and the heat was killing us. I apologize you for making both of you walk long way in such a muggy weather and finishing up the tour earlier than scheduled. It was me who learned a lot from you. You knew well what is needed and not needed in your tour. You told me about your sea kayaking experience in Miyajima Island, which was very inspiring for me. I have never thought of that activity in my tour plan. I again realized that tour guides should try as best as possible to match guests’ desires. I wish you all the best and success in the future

Manoj Manoj United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day in Hiroshima and Miyajima ”

Azusa (Ari) was our tour guide for our extended family group of 9. We had the most wonderful day. She is knowledgeable, engaging, flexible, funny and a great story teller. Highly recommend her.

Azusa:

Dear Manoj san Thank you so much for the wonderful day ! I was so happy to spend a great time with such a close and caring family. Especially I was impressed by your father's great sense of Japanese jokes. " Sekai wa futarino tameni." Though he stayed in Japan only one year long time ago, how fluently he speaks Japanese ! And all 3 boys were so lovely and full of curiosity. I was glad that they listened to me with attention. I wish you all the happiness in the world ! Azusa Arita

Ross Ross United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Visit to Hiroshima ”

Azusa was great. She was very easy to communicate with leading up to our trip and during our short visit. prior to visiting, she proposed an itinerary that maximized our time in Hiroshima. We visited Hiroshima on a day trip from Kyoto. She met us on the train platform and escorted us from place to place on our shortened and self imposed time schedule (4.75 hours - better if you allow for 6-6.5 hours) before returning us back to the train station. She was very knowledgeable and informative on the sites we were visiting and the history of Japan. She was an absolute pleasure to be with, she listened to our cues to move onto the next site, and kept us on schedule throughout the day. A day well spent.

Azusa:

Dear Ross san Thank you so much for your heart touching message. It was my pleasure to have a great time with you in Hiroshima. You are so sweet and smart couple. You clearly knew what you needed in the tour. That absolutely helped our tour go smoothly. And in the museum, I was so impressed that you friendly spoke to the Japanese students writing reports about the exhibit. They looked so happy to be spoken to and lively communicated with you. This must be a memorable experience for them. Interacting with international people should be the essential part of the peaceful world. Thanks to you, I was able to reconfirm my work for what it really is. This tour was short but very impressive. I wish both of you all the best of luck ! Azusa Arita

Kenneth Kenneth United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Got the most out of our trip to Hiroshima ”

Ari gave my wife and me a great day seeing all of the highlights of Hiroshima. She led us through Miyajima Island, the Hiroshima Peace Park, and Hiroshima Castle. She organized our day perfectly, and at every stop, she was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and responsive to whatever we found most interesting to do or hear about. She met us at our hotel at the beginning of the day, dropped us off there at the end, and made us feel so well taken care of at every stop in between. Strongly recommended!

Azusa:

Dear Kenneth san Thank you so much for your kind remark. I have got courage from your words. Both of you are brilliant and cheerful people. I really enjoyed spending wonderful time exchanging jokes in refreshing breeze and fresh green leaves. Everything was vivid except for deer. All deer were dozing off in the sun.( I wonder if deer are nocturnal.) You showed much interest in not only the peace city of Hiroshima but also the pre-modern history of Hiroshima. That made me so happy. Japan has become quite westernized but I think the very real element in the Japanese personality lies in samurai culture. Your jobs are busy and high demanding. Please fully enjoy your limited vacation in Japan ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita

Ron Ron United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great fun xpence ”

Excellent guide.

Azusa:

Dear Ron san I really appreciate your kind review. Our tour was in the middle of 10 days holiday in Japan. All Japanese people were getting too excited. I truly felt the unexpected often happens in life. If I had let all of you go without entering the museum, it would have deserved seppuku. However fortunately we were able to see the exhibits there. This tour became an unforgettable memory for me. All the best Azusa Arita

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