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Private Tour of Himeji Castle and an Optional Ninja Training Activity

by Shogo
(21) Reviews
4h $ 140 Price up to 6 people


  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby.
  • Ninja training activity (optional)

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139.84 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


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.

What to Expect

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!

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  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby.
  • Ninja training activity (optional)


I can also guide you in Hiroshima, and Shiga if you pay my transportation fees (+ accommodation fees when necessary).

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

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
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)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Osaka or Kobe, or a convenient place you like
Ending Point
At your hotel in Osaka or Kobe, or a convenient place you like
4 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

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 ( 21 )
Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Quiet Nara and Kobe Tour ”

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

Tracy Tracy Singapore ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Very knowledgeable and affable ”

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

Rachel Rachel Australia ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Great Tour ”

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

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Best tour guide! ”

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.

Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto with Shogo ”

Shogo was amazing. He met us on time, provided an itinerary for the day and also some interesting facts about Japanese history. Shogo was very knowledgeable about Osaka and Kyoto. We had an awesome time. Thanks Shogo for 2 great days.


Dear Renate, Thank you very much for your hearty review of our 2-day tour in Oaka and Kyoto. On the 2nd day I was a little bit afraid it might be too warm for your lovely kids to stroll in Kyoto, because the day time high was nearly 30 degrees centigrade. However, they are indeed ice hockey lovers with lots of stamina. Hopefully you all revisit Japan (especially for your kids to enjoy Japanese food & for your cool husband, yuzu-sake) in the near future. Many thanks to Renate. Best regards, Shogo

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