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Private One Day Tour of Himeji Castle and Spiritual Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

by Shogo
(13) Reviews
8h $ 240 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • 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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Overview

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 #7 as a place to go among others in 2019 by NY Times. And then, Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby. Finally, Engyoji Temple on Mt. Shosha, a representative spiritual spot since the 10th century. Himeji is 1-hour ride by Shinkansen from Kyoto.

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

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

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 From Himeji Castle and Kokoen Landscape Garden, you will 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, you 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

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)
Depart From
Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji
Meeting Point
At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Himeji
Ending Point
At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Himeji
Duration
8 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 ( 13 )
Leonid Leonid United States ( Family )
Excellent
12 hours ago

“ Great experience ”

Great experience at discovering Kyoto Highly recommended

Arlene Arlene United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Very enjoyable day with Shogo ”

Shogo was very informative and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. We learned much about Himeji and Engyo-ji. He is soft spoken and very respectful of my husband, who could not walk fast. He kept the tempo a little slower to help my husband. During the bus ride back to the train station, he gave us some suggestions for our next destination, which turned out to be so helpful, as I had not planned on them and my family loved his suggestions.

Shogo:

Dear Arlene, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Being blessed with spring beautiful weather, I hope you enjoyed visiting Himeji Castle area plus walking in the woods in Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. Since your family, especially 花 san, has deep understanding of Japanese history, I believe you felt quiet and spiritual atmosphere up there, which aristocrats visited to come into contact with all the way from Kyoto far back in the 10th to 12th century. Thanks for everything, Arlene. Best regards, Shogo

Suzanne Suzanne Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Two wonderful days with Shogo ”

What a wonderful guide Shogo is! He is extremely nice, very polite, well organized and very patient because I had so many questions to ask! He takes care of all your needs and even more...

Shogo:

Dear Suzanne, Thank you very much for writing a wonderful review while staying in Japan. I really enjoyed showing you and your husband in various historic places in Kansai area, including a castle, temples and shrines. What was quite interesting to me, among others, was that both you have a great interest in Japan's culture. It's amazing that you are connoisseurs of Japanese sake, often enjoying it for your dinner. I hope you will keep yourselves warm enough by hot sake especially during the freezing winter time. That might be a nice tip to survive. Thank you very much, Suzanne. So it's Sake Time. KAMPAI to our health!! From Shogo.

Pamela Pamela United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Himeji Day ”

I cannot speak highly enough about Shogo! Our family agreed it was the highlight of our ten day trip to Japan! He was extremely organized, a wealth of information and kept our time very well organized. A must do!

Shogo:

Dear Pamela, Thank you very much for your warm-hearted review of my tour. I'm very pleased to hear that you all enjoyed core Himeji, visiting Himeji Castle, nearby Kokoen Japanese Garden, and spiritual Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. It's really amazing your lovely kids are so interested in Japanese culture, including Buddhism and even tasty unagi (kabayaki or grilled eel). I'm very sorry that a nice udon doodle restaurant which I wanted you to try was closed on the day. Now I'm so happy that I have lovely 2 grandchldren in America!! Thank you very much Pam. Best regards, Shogo

Lyn Lyn Australia ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ The family experience with Shogo. ”

Shogo could not have been more accommodating to the needs of my family. We had a large group and a lot of different needs. We got a bit lost at the massive train station, but he got us organised and off the Universal Studios. He then came back to pick us up with a mini bus driver. We had to change plans because the children were so exhausted and he got this organised as well. A lovely man in tune with the needs of his charges. I would recommend him to anyone. Lyn Hodgson

Shogo:

Dear Lyn, I do appreciate your wonderful review. I'm very happy that you all, especially your lovely kids, had a hottest time in the Studios, a little bit cold outside in the evening though. It was indeed a "Harry Potter Day" for the Hodgsons, wasn't it? During your stay in the Studios, I enjoyed hanging around in downtown Osaka, Dotombori, and visiting a couple of historic temples and shrines. As you may know well, there are so many nice places to visit in Osaka. So I do hope you all come back to Japan in the near feture. Today I also had exciting news from Brisbane, saying Kei Nishikori won the tennis tournament. Go the lovely Hodgsons! Go Brisbane! Many thanks to you, Lyn. Yours sincerely. Shogo.

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