We'll visit places rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked #7 as a place to go among others in 2019 by NY Times, and also ranked #1 by the National Geographic Traveller. And then beautilul Kokoen Japanese style garden nearby. After lunch, as an optional, you will experience Ninja training activity.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Shogo.
Getting off at JR Himeji Station, you will be astonished by the breathtaking view of Himeji Castle. It is often called "white heron." Let's walk through the main street to the Castle about 1 km north of JR Himeji Station.
Now you are at the main castle gate. Behind you is the beautiful castle tower. You can walk up to the top. You will enjoy its beautiful scenery like feudal lords and princesses did in the 16th century. Now you are a feudal lord or an elegant princess. After the castle you will visit traditional Kokoen Japanese Garden nearby. You will know what a Japanese style garden and samurai residences are like. Now you may be starving. You can try Japanese dishes such as sushi, tempura, Chinese style noodles in or near Kokoen Japanese Garden.
After lunch, you will come back to JR Himeji Station.
Or, as an optional tour, you can experience Ninja traing activity in and around Himeji Castle. When wearing rental Ninja costums and a sword, you will look real Ninja, 100 percent!
transportation fee to and from JR Himeji Station (you only), optional transportation fee in Himeji area (200 JPY per person, you ond guide), entrance fee (1, 040 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only), optional ninja training activity on Saturday (6,000 JPY for an adult, 3,000 JPY for age 12 or under)
I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.
1 Himeji Castle has steep stairs up to the castle tower. No elevators. If you have infants on this tour, please ask them to wait for the next
2 After Himeji Castle you will visit Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby.
3 This is an about four-hour private tour.
4 The optional 90-minute Ninja Training Activity is available on Saturdays only, starting at 10:30 (through the year) and 13:30
(excluding July 25 to mid September). Reservation is needed at least one week beforehand. It costs 6,000 JPY for an adult, 3,000 JPY
for a child. At least one adult is needed to take part in the activity.
5 Hotel pick-up is available in Kobe and Himeji areas.
6 We are asked to take off our shoes when entering Himeji Castle tower. read more
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
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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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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Great experience, Shogo is a lovely and very accommodating guide!
Dear Polly, Thank you very much for your nice feedback of our tour in Himeji, including Himeji Castle, Kokoen Japanese Garden and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. I sincerely hope that you all have got nice and long-lasting memories from Japan. Of course please keep enjoying Rugby World Cup 2019 to the fullest.!!:) Many thanks to you, Polly and your lovely family. From Shogo
Shogo is the best Tour Guide we had during our Circle To Japan 13-day Cruise. Shogo is highly organized and he planned our trip real well. He handed each and everyone one of us the JR pass, the timeline of our trip, and the other relevant information of our tour. We had a very memorable tour and enjoyed Shogo ‘s patience with us. I will highly recommend Shogo to everyone. All the best to sn excellent guide!
Dear Angelina, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your tour group of 3 couples from Kobe cruise ship pier were so warm-hearted and cheerful that our 1-day-Nara & Kobe tour was super memorable. I'm like "You all are "Gone With the Ship!" Anyway, time flies. So please remain to be lovely Tourmates forever. Thanks for everthing, Angelina. You are a super tour leader. Best regards, Shogo
Our day trip in Nara and Osaka was great thanks to Shogo san, he was very kind and knowledgeable about the places we wanted to visit which allowed efficient time usage in each place. Shogo was also very efficient in replying every time before the trip about any questions we had, which was superb and helped us take nice pictures at the beautiful attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and if we need a guide in the area again, will definitely look for Shogo.
Dear Tracy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our tour in Nara & Osaka. Indeed it's always my great pleasure being a guide for such a lovely couple so interested in Japnanese culture, such as sake and mochi pounding (rice cake pounding) in Nara. Just amazing! I learned about beautiful Singalore from you, which renewed, my awareness of the importance of diversity. By the way I asked you to wave on your way from Osaka to Awaji Island following day. And in myself I did see you waving onboard a train, I might be still a little drunk, though. So another Kampai!! Thanks for everything, Tracy. Best regards, Shogo
Shogo was a great tour guide! Highly recommended!
Dear Rachel, Thank you very much for your nice review of our tour. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Gion, Kyoto's most popular Maiko/Geiko area. Also I'm happy that it was not so warm for this time of the year. Quite comfortable in the evening with a nice breeze blowing over a Kawayuka, riverside summer terrace. Indeed chatting over a glass of wine was great fun. Let me try beer, Rachel Special, next time. So Kampai!!:) Best regards, Shogo
Shogo was very informative, communicated very clearly and timely and was even better in person as our guide. He puts in extra effort to make sure we had an excellent time! He even sent us pictures after. Highly recommend Shogo!
Dear Dan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure showing you and your nice family in Kyoto and Osaka, including Kyoto's Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyam and Osaka's Kaiyukan Aquarium. Very glad to hear it was great fun for you. Please give my best regards to your kids full of energy. Hope their dreams will come true. I'll be checking out a piano concert and a surfing competition televisied on TV. Thank you very much, Dan. From Shogo.