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One day tour of Himeji castle and Kobe Rokko mountain for your great experience

by KASHIMA
(21) Reviews
9h $ 284 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • 9:00am: pick up at hotel in Kobe
  • 9:20am – 9:58am: To take JR from Kobe to Himeji
  • 10:30am – 12:10pm: To see Himeji castle
  • 12:20pm- 1:10pm: To have a lunch
  • 1:27pm – 03:00pm: To take train, bus and cable car with a little walking from Himeji to top of Rokko mountain station.
  • 03:00pm – 05:00pm: To see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and wakayama in the distance from the observation places on Rokko mountain.
  • 05:10pm – 6:00pm: To take local line from Rokko mountain to Kobe arriving at Hotel
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Overview

Himeji castle is located in Himeji city registered as World cultural Heritage at the first time in Japan.
You will be overwhelmed by the elegant figure of the castle.
Rokko mountain lie with stretching from south-east to north-west of Kobe by around 30km.
This Rokko mountain is famous for the landmark of Kobe and famous for the spot of night view and there are lots of observation areas.

What to Expect

This tour include Himejijyo castle and Kobe Rokko mountain to see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama in the distance which is said to be $1000million night view if you see it at the night.
You can enjoy both traditional architecture of Himejijyo castle registered as World culture heritage in 1992 at the first time of Japan and the beautiful overview from Rokko mountain. The architecture of this castle is the masterpieces of Japanese traditional technology which has been developed by lots of Japanese craftsmen. Many civil engineering structures such as large keep, turret, castle gate, mud wall stone wall, moat and so-on has been well reserved.
Therefore, this castle is very famous for its surviving Japanese castle architecture that preserve the original architecture structure.
That is why this castle is historically very precious architecture.
You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Himeji castle which is called by White Heron castle because the elegant figure of the castle resembles to a Heron flying away with spreading it’s wings.
1) At the entrance of Himeji castle, to see the castle tower in the distance.
The area of Himeji castle is very wide which is equal with 5 units of Tokyo dome.
2) After through the entrance by paying yen1000 per person and walking up to a slope, you will see the Large gate called “Hishino-mon”.
From this entrance spot, you can also see the castle tower.
3) After through the gate, the path go toward two way. Left side is toward the garden called “Nishinomaru”. Right side is toward main enclosure and the castle tower. You can see the main enclosure and castle tower toward the right side.
4) There exists a long winding slope to reach the main enclosure. A lot of large keep, turret, castle gate, mud wall stone wall and moat to encounter enemy.
You can see around 1,000 loopholes called “sama” from where guns were fired at attackers. Angled chutes called “ishi-otoshi” were also set at lots of points in the castle walls to throw stones or pour boiling oil on attackers.
see the main enclosure and castle tower toward the right side.
5) The castle tower is located on a rising ground whose altitude is 45.6meter.
The height of the stone wall is 14.85 meter and that of main enclosure is 31.5meter.
Therefore, the castle is standing by the height of 92meter of altitude.
6) The main attractions of this castle is to see inside castle tower. Current castle tower built in 1609 consists of one castle large keep and three castle small keep that are connected each other by guard tower hall.
7) You can enter those keeps to do sightseeing and walk up to the large keep on the top floor.
There are a lot of exhibits related with Himeji castle at every important points.
8) After proceeding the tour route, you reach castle large keep.
The castle large keep is built with five stories appearance with roofs and seven stories inside by a first floor of a basement.
Landscape from 5th floor of large keep:
You can see the landscape of Himeji from each floor of the keep by walking up the floors.

Kobe Rokko mountain is a mass of mountains which lie with stretching from south-east to north-west of Kobe and surrounding area by around 30km. This Rokko mountain is famous for the landmark in this area of Kobe. This is also famous for the spot of night view and there are lots of observation places set in these area. This night view is one of the three best night view spots in Japan, other spots are the view from Hakodate mountain and that of Inasayama in Nagasaki.
1)There are two main observation places.
One is Observation Café (Tenran Café) by no charge of admission.
The other is Rokko Shidare Observatory by admission fee of yen 300 per person.
Both above were granted the rank of one star in the Michelin Hyogo version in 2016.
2) From those observation platform located near the station ,you can see the overview of Kobe and also Osaka, Wakayama in the distance which is said to be $10million night view if you see it at the night. There are some restaurants and variety of souvenir shops.
If you like, special event of “Lightscape of Rokko” is held inside Rokko Shidare Observatory from 6:00pm and you can enjoy fantastic art of Light.

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Highlights

  • 9:00am: pick up at hotel in Kobe
  • 9:20am – 9:58am: To take JR from Kobe to Himeji
  • 10:30am – 12:10pm: To see Himeji castle
  • 12:20pm- 1:10pm: To have a lunch
  • 1:27pm – 03:00pm: To take train, bus and cable car with a little walking from Himeji to top of Rokko mountain station.
  • 03:00pm – 05:00pm: To see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and wakayama in the distance from the observation places on Rokko mountain.
  • 05:10pm – 6:00pm: To take local line from Rokko mountain to Kobe arriving at Hotel

Important

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo.
Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.
2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Pick up fee for a guide: yen1500
Total of your transportaion fee during this tour for you: yen 3200 per person
Transportation fee for a guide of yen 3200
Lunch fee for you and a guide
Entrance fee: Himeji castle for you: yen1000 per person
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kobe
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kobe
Duration
9 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 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 ( 21 )
Sarah Sarah Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent! ”

Kashima-san was a very punctual and enthusiastic tour guide. He made an incredible effort to engage with the children and provided a detailed, printed itinerary. The itinerary included lots of information about visiting spots as well as an entertaining way of introducing some essential Japanese words. Kashima-san brought us to some very reasonable and good-quality restaurants and adapted the itinerary according to our interests. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in going off the beaten track and experiencing Japan with a local flavour.

KASHIMA:

Sarah san, Thank you very much for your detail review as great as any. I am very much pleased that you and your two daughters enjoyed one and a half days Tokyo tour and one day Kamakura tour. I am very much impressed that your twin daughters are very interested in both various traditional culture style in Japan and various Japanese souvenirs. As for traditional culture, we visited Meiji shrine, Asakusa/Sensoji temple, Ueno Toshogu shrine, Ueno Daibutsu for one and half days of Tokyo tour and Great Budda in Kotokuin-temple, Hase temple, Tsuruoka-Hachiman shrine in one day Kamakura tour. All these spots are deeply related with Japanese history such as Heian era, Kamakura-era, Edo-era , Meiji restoration ,how original Samurai had appeared in Japan related with the actual social status in ... read more

Stephen Stephen Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Sumo, Temples, Shrines and Geiko in Tokyo ”

Our family of 6 had an excellent and enriching tour with Kashima-san. One of the main reasons we wanted a guide in Tokyo was to help with arranging a tour of a sumo stable in Tokyo, many of which are weary of visitors. Despite this, Kashima-san managed to book a tour of the Hakkaku sumo stable. Ahead of the visit, Kashima-san sent us a summary of sumo wrestling and what we might expect to see in the training. And during the training, he explained the complex rituals and ranking of the sumo wrestlers. This made the sumo training a very interesting experience. After the tour of the stables, Kashima-san took us to the sumo museum which was also vey interesting and gave us some historical context to sumo. Overall, by the end of sumo tour we had a much deeper understanding and appreciation of s... read more

KASHIMA:

Steve san, Thank you very much for your detail grateful review for me. I am very much impressed that you, your wife and your four children all enjoyed and excited to see Japanese tradition and ritual Marshal art sport of Sumo. We could watch actual severe Sumo training for around 2 hours and a half by all sumo wrestlers in Hakkaku stable. I think all of you understood how sumo wrestlers are strong, tough with patient and courteous. Also, there are extremely bendy. I think that you all will improve the way of watching sumo by this experience. Also, I am pleased that you all are so interested in Japanese culture, history and religion of Shinto and Buddhism. I could exchange interesting conversation with you. I am looking forward to supporting you for your next trip in Japan. Thanks, Kash... read more

raj Raj United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ day tour in tokyo ”

My Kids really enjoyed the trip

KASHIMA:

Raj san, Thank you very much for your grateful review for me. I am very much pleased that your sons enjoyed Tokyo tour and dinner. Also, thanks for your detail communication with me in the distance from your country to support for your two sons Tokyo tour. We visited double bridge of Imperial palace where lots of people lined up to enter the palace to celebrate Emperor’s birthday. Also, we visited Zojoji temple, Akihabara, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shinjuku, Samurai museum by that your sons could experience completely different atmosphere within those towns. I am very much thankful that you kindly invited me in Kobe beef dinner for your younger son’s birthday. Your sons could taste delicious Kobe beef and learn why it is so nice and how to cook on an iron plate by the cook in a special room... read more

Tammy Tammy Malta ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kashima is the best ”

Kashima was a professional and answered our wishes and questions perfectly. We are very happy having our first visit in Japan being guided by Kashima.

KASHIMA:

Tammy san, Thank you very much for your great review for me. I am very much pleased that you could enjoy and get excellent experience for your visiting Asakusa, Imperial palace, Meiji Shrine , Harajuku and Shibuya crossing. Also, you enjoyed fish Sashimi with pickles and Soba woodle. Thanks to lots of various pin pointed questions from you and your husband, I could explain Japanese history and culture more deeply than as usual with improving my explanation skill. Also we could exchange the various topics information about the difference between your country/Malta and Japan such as religion, daily life, characteristic of people, language, industry and so-on. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan trip for your following days and I am looking forward to supporting you for your next trip i... read more

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A perfect day ”

We visited two famous bonsai gardens and museums topped off by a surprise visit from the master of bonsai. Fantastic.

KASHIMA:

Margaret san, Thank you very much for your great comments to me. I am very much impressed that you, your son and your husband are so much interested in Japanese traditional art of Bonsai. We visited Omiya Bonsai museum in the morning where you saw and learned the basic concept and various type of Bonsai both located in Japanese room and Bonsai garden. In the afternoon, we visited Shunkaen Bonsai museum in Tokyo where you could get the detail explanation of Bonsai from one of an apprentice from Poland and could see the actual operating of Bonsai maintenance by them. Finally, Mr.Kobayashi who is one of the most famous Bonsai master in the world and the owner of the museum visited us and took care for us for a while. I am very much pleased that all you and your family enjoyed , excited and l... read more

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