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Samurai Tour of Himeji Castle and Spiritual Shosazan Engyoji Temple

by Shogo
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8h $ 252 Price up to 5 people


  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden.
  • Shosazan Engyoji Temple

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252.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
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This tour includes very Japanese sight seeing spots such as Himeji Castle designated as World Heritage Site, beautiful Kokoen Japanese Style Garden, and Shosazan Engyoji Temple in Himeji. You will surely feel the very Japanese Samurai spirits. I will show you around Himeji about one-hour ride away from Osaka. I am very much looking forward to seeing you.

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 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 not only the beautiful scenery but also the feeling of a samurai loard. 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, let's go to Shosazan Engyoji Temple about twenty-minute ride away from Himeji Castle. It's still retaining very quiet atmosphere of the 10th century and today it is noted as a shooting place for movies like "The Last Samurai" played by Tom Cruise. Once you sit on its passage way like he did in the film, you surely are a great Busho or samurai lord!

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  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden.
  • Shosazan Engyoji Temple


1 Himeji Castle has steep stairs up to the castle tower. If you have infants on this tour, please ask them to wait for the next chance.
2 From Himeji Castle and Kokoen Landscape Garden, you will head for Shosazan Engyoji Temple by local bus and ropeway.
3 Shosazan Engyoji Temple is located on the hill about 400m high. Temperature will be a little lower than the Castle area.
4 After visiting the temple, you will again take the ropeway and a local bus back to JR Himeji Station.
5 This is an about eight-hour one day tour starting at JR Himeji Station. Hotel pick-up / send off in Osaka or Kobe areas are available, if necessary. read more

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee from your hotel to JR Himeji Station, lunch,
Depart From
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe
Meeting Point
At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Osaka or Kobe
Ending Point
At JR Himeji Station, or at your hotel in Osaka or Kobe
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 on the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel 1 day prior to the meeting date , there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 2 )
Ron Ron United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Walking Tour of Osaka & Nara ”

Shogo was great for us. He was very accommodating for us and our 10 year old boy. We were able to explore Osaka Castle and the Horyu-ji Temple in Nara. We finished out walking the streets of Dotonburi and had a great lunch there in a popular Japanese restaurant. We made the best of a very hot day in July and were able to see some of the most amazing places that we could not have accomplished without Shogo. I highly recommend him to anybody wishing to make the the most of limited time.


Dear Ron, I am so much grateful to your nice reviews of my tour. It was my great pleasure to have guided such a lovely family. I'm also very glad to hear that you enjoyed staying in Osaka and came home safe. Your family were a lot of fun to talk with about a variety of topics. I remember your cheerful 10 year old son told me his wonderful dream. So now I'm dreaming. Some day we will be doing a wonderful space traveling with a lot of people. Yes! The name tag on a cockpit is saying "Captain T." Dreams always come true. 100 %. I sincerely hope this tour was quite memorable for your family. Hopefully you visit Japan again in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. See you all, Ron. Best regards, Shogo

Dietmar Dietmar Germany ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Excellent Tour ”

We had a very well organized tour with Shogo. He picked us up at the hotel and made the day sucessful for us. He understood exactly our request and overcome our expectations.He explained all points of interest very well and gave also alot of history behind it, He accomanied us onn our tour in a very friedly and professional manner.We can strongly recommend to arrange a tour with him. Thank you Shogo keep going in this way.


Dear Dietmar, Thank you very much for your nice review of my tour. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed core Kyoto and came home safe. I think we visited the best places in Kyoto. I'm sorry that it drizzled all day long and cherry blossoms were in full bloom one week earlier this year, with the peak of cherry blossom viewing coming nearly to the end in Kyoto. It was my great pleasure to be a tour guide for a lovely couple. I had a wonderful time with you both, chatting about a variety of topics. I'm looking forward to see you again in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thank you very much Dietmar. Best regards, Shogo

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