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Himeji Castle & Spiritual Shoshazan Engyoji Temple 1-Day Private Tour


Hyogo
8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

We'll visit three places, rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked 7th as a place to visit in 2019 by NY Times. And Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby. Finally, Engyoji Temple, ranked 20th by TripAdviser in 2019 as a representative spiritual spot in Japan. Himeji is 1-hour away by the Shinkansen from Kyoto.

Itinerary

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  • Visit Himeji Castle and walk up to the top floor of its castle tower
  • Stroll in Kokoen Japanese Style Garden near the castle
  • Enjoy local dishes such as udon white noodle, ramen, oden hot pot dish, takoyaki, or whatever
  • Take 30-minute bus ride to Engyoji Temple on Mt. Shosha
  • Take a 40-minute walk in forests and feel overflowing healing energy
  • Visit Okunoin, most sacred place, in Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

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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 castle" with its image of a white heron spreading it wings to take off. Let's walk through the main street to the Castle about 1 km away from the train 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 samurai lord or an elegant princess. After the castle you will visit traditional Kokoen nearby. It is famous for its Japanese style garden and samurai residences.
Now you may be starving. Why don't you try Japanese dishes such as sushi, tempura, and Chinese style noodles?
After lunch, off we go to healing Shoshazan Engyoji Temple, about 25-minute ride away. Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is the 27th temple of the 33 temples appointed as pilgrimage sites in Western Japan. Back in the day, a bunch of people including aristocrats visited here from across Japan to pray for peace and get peace of mind. It's still retaining the very quiet atmosphere of the 10th century. So today it is noted as a shooting place for samurai TV dramas and films like "The Last Samurai" played by Tom Cruise.

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Departure & Return

Depart From Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji
Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Himeji
Ending Point At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Himeji

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee to and from JR Himeji Station (you only), transportation and ropeway fees in Himeji area (about 2,000 JPY per person, you ond guide), entrance fee (1,600 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only)

Important

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 rather steep stairs up to the castle tower. No elevators. And on Mt Shosha, we will walk 20 minutes (1 hour if we don't
use a minibus) in the temple complex. So if you have lovely infants on your tour, please ask him or her to wait for the next chance.
2 After visiting Himeji Castle and Kokoen Landscape Garden, we'll head for Shoshazan Engyoji Temple by local bus and ropeway.
3 Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is located on the hilltop about 1,000 feet high. Temperature will be a little lower than the Castle area.
4 After visiting the temple, we will again take a ropeway and a local bus back to JR Himeji Station.
5 This is a one-day tour starting and ending at JR Himeji Station.
6 We are asked to take off our shoes when entering Himeji Castle tower and the main building of Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 21 )
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Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months 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!

Shogo:

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 )
Excellent
3 months 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.

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 )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great Tour ”

Shogo was a great tour guide! Highly recommended!

Shogo:

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 )
Excellent
3 months 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!

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 )
Excellent
4 months 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.

Shogo:

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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