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

by Shogo
(17) Reviews
8h CAD 329 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 ( 17 )
Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 days 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

Susan Susan United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Very accommodating, knowledgeable, and kind ”

My son and I spent the day touring Himeiji with Shogo. He was so kind to meet us at our ryokan in Arima Onsen, as I am sure we never could have negotiated our way to Kobe to meet him! He had everything organized and kept us on schedule. We saw the castle and the gardens. A wonderful day!

Shogo:

Dear Susan, I am very grateful to you for your writing nice review. It was another beautiful day, a little bit too warm though. It's good for me to know that you two are so interested in Japanese culture including Japanese history and local dishes, and also stayed in Arima hot spring resorts far away from Kobe downtown. I hope you rediscovered the good points of Japan. Many thanks to Susan. Shogo

Andrew Andrew United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ One-day tour of Himeji Castle and Engyogi Temple ”

Shogo was an excellent guide, and we enjoyed our day with him tremendously. He was communicative, well prepared, and very attentive to our interests and needs. Also, well before the tour, he provided very helpful information and recommendations about what trains to take to Himeji from Kyoto and back. We would gladly tour with him again.

Shogo:

Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's always my great pleasure to meet so wonderful a couple. It's a little shame a light rain was expected on the afternoon. So we arranged our itinerary suddenly on the morning, by visiting spiritual Mt. Shosha first and Himeji Castle area later. Thank you so much for your cooperation. Also you reminded me of my good old days in Kansas in my 20s. Again I'd like to thank you for your deep consideration. Thanks for everything, Andrew. Best regards, Shogo

Carola Carola Germany ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very polite guide, very flexible ”

He pickend us, group of four, up at the cruiseport, right in time and showed us the best spots of Kyoto. Behause our time was limited due to the departure of our cruise ship, we had to cut the prorgram, but it was no problem for Shogo. He made optional suggestions and arranged everything. It did not bother him,even to give up lunch and buy a sandwich in the supermarket. Thanks for all, Shogo!

Shogo:

Dear Carola, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your group of 2 couples from a cruise ship were so nice and cheerful that our 1-day-Kyoto tour was very enjoyable for me. I also learned a lot about German culture, and valuable tips to keep healthy as well. Again I decided to work out at least 2 times a week. I promise. 100!! Many thanks to Carola and your group. Shogo

Leonid Leonid United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great experience ”

Great experience at discovering Kyoto Highly recommended

Shogo:

Dear Leonid, I am very glad you wrote a nice review about our 2-day tours both in the eastern and western parts of Kyoto. I really enjoyed guiding such a lovely family. I was deeply touched by your heart-warming consideration towards your family and me too. Thanks to your cooperation and beautiful weather, we were able to visit all the places in our itinerary, though there were so many people. I sincerely hope our tours were quite memorable for your family. Thanks for everything, Leonid. From Shogo

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