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One Day Tour of Himeji Castle and Spiritual Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

by Shogo
(10) Reviews
8h $ 248 Price up to 6 people


  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden
  • Engyoji Temple on Mt. Shosha

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248.40 USD

Price up to 6 people
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This tour includes three places representing the very Japan's history and culture. Firstly, we will visit Himeji Cas le designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993. And then, beautifully designed Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby. Finally, Engyoji Temple on Mt. Shosha, a representative spiritual spot since the 10th century. Himeji is just 1-hour ride by Shinkansen Hikari 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, an 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, many people including court nobles visited here from all over Japan to pray for peace and get peace of mind. It's still retaining very quiet atmosphere of the 10th century. So today it is noted as a shooting place for movies like "The Last Samurai" played by Tom Cruise. Why don't you sit on its passage way like he did in the film? You surely will be a great Busho or samurai lord!

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  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Japanese Style Garden
  • Engyoji Temple on Mt. Shosha


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 hill 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. 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
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 ( 10 )
Pamela Pamela United States ( Family )
1 week 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!


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 )
1 week 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


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.

Lisa Lisa Canada ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Best Tour Ever. ”

Shogo is the absolute best tour guide one could ask for. He was extremely knowledgable, generous, flexible, prepared and kind. He came with sheets of paper briefly outlining Japan's history as well as the historical significance of the sites we saw. He knew exactly where to go for an amazing ramen lunch and was more than willing to answer any questions I had about every aspect of Japanese life. If I am ever in the Osaka area again, Shogo will be first on my list for tour guides.


Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for writing so nice a review. The weather was perfect throught our walking tour, starting with Osaka Castle, tranfering to Todaiji Temple in Nara, and ending up in Dotonbori Downtown Osaka. I really enjoyed talking with Solomon majoring in physics. Since I'm a little bit interested in the universe, I asked a couple of trivial questions on board a train about say what will happen after its expansion. He is indeed a physics major. I should say "a real bank of knowledge." He's a great fan of Japanese culture as well, like Albert Einstein, including Japanese literature! If you had not organized the tour with me, I would not have met so nice a university student. So again thank you so much for every thing, Lisa. Hope to see you all again. Best regards, Shogo

Lynette Lynette Philippines ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Great time with Shogo ”

Mr. Shogo was very patient with my inquisitive son. He was able to answer all the questions. He also stopped when we requested for a break coz my son gets tired easily. He even gave him a small gift!


Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I really appreciate it. It's always my great pleasure to meet so wonderful a family. Above all, your seven year old son is very interested in Japanese culture, asking me several good questions and even trying to strike a temple bell, which made me really happy. I'm sorry that I couldn't show him turtles in a nearby pond. Maybe it was too sunny for them to bask in the sun. I'm very glad you all came back home safe. Hopefully you'll visit Japan in the near future to see deeper Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Nara. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much, Lynette. Best regards, Shogo

Gery Gery United States ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Best guide in the world!!! ”

Shogo-san has to be the best guide in the world. He is punctual, reliable, flexible, and organized. He was adept at scheduling activities for us, and his level of detail and consideration go far beyond what I would ever expect from anyone. The amount of thought and preparation that he put into our itinerary was amazing and appreciated. He really tries hard to minimize logistical concerns for his clients. My son lost his jacket, and Shogo-san allocated an unbelievable amount of personal effort in an attempt to retrieve it. Besides being a wonderful guide, he is a wonderful person. We are grateful to have met him.


Dear Gery, Thank you very much for your warm-hearted review of my tours to Himeji, Kyoto, and Shiga Prefecture. It's just amazing that all your family are real pro-Japanese persons, interested in anything Japanese, from culture to cuisine. I was like "Shame on me!" I found this Japan tour stemed from your memorable trip abroad with your family as a boy, including a haircut at an exotic barbershop. I was truly touched by the fact that after a generation you are trying to pass on your nice experiences to your lovely kids. I did enjoy talking with you all about various things. Your 5-year old "Prince Rascal" showed me "Rock, paper, scissors, show me what you've got." It was real fun. I really don't know how to thank you. I hope you all will go back home safe. I am so much looking forward to ... read more

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