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

by KASHIMA
(29) Reviews
9h $ 280 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 ( 29 )
Patrik Patrik Japan
Excellent
1 day ago

“ 10 out of 10 ”

Top Guide very smart and and top Knowledge of Japanese History and Religons

KASHIMA:

Patrik san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious tour. I am very much pleased that you and your wife enjoyed one day Tokyo tour. We visited Meiji shrine, Asakusa/Sensoji temple, Zojoji temple and Samurai museum. All these spots are deeply related with Japanese history of Edo-era established by Tokugawa Shogunate , Meiji restoration ,Meiji era by Meiji Emperor and Samurai / the history from appearance of them in Japan to the end of them. Thanks to your strong curiosity of your Japanese history and culture, I could well explain the important background of each spots. I am looking forward to meeting again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Tony********** Tony********** United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ 2 days in Kyoto ”

We were on a cruise ship stopping in Kobe. Rather than take tours from the ship and spend time going to and from Kyoto we decided to stay overnight in Kyoto and take advantage of our time especially in the evenings to see the geisha district . Although we have the added cost of a hotel our outlay overall was similar to 2 days touring with the ship and we saw so much more and the benefit of travelling in and out of Kyoto only once on the bullet train which was actually quite expensive .Kashima Met us at the cruise ship as with no knowledge or experience of the Japanese train network we did not know where we were going we found Kashima as a guide to speak good English and have a great knowledge of his cities and culture. Getting around in Japan is not easy and again he knew the network very ... read more

KASHIMA:

Hello Tony san, Thank you very much for your detail, great and utmost review for me by taking your precious time. I am very much pleased that you selected me as a tour guide, separated from your cruise tour and enjoyed two days Kyoto tour. Specially, I was so impressed that your wife knows very well about Japanese culture such as Geisha & Maiko, the spirits of Zen Buddhism, the word “less is more” which your wife described, flower arrangement and so-on. We visited several temples in Kyoto such as Tenryuji, Ryoanji, Ginkakuji which are related with Zen-Buddhism sect , Kinkakuji of gorgeous Golden three stories Pavilion and Kiyomizu temple which is related with a Buddhism sect dedicated to ordinary people. Also, you could enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge a... read more

Eduardo Eduardo United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 days ago

“ Good experience in Tokyo ”

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Punctual, flexible and well organized. Thank you for a good tour.

KASHIMA:

Eduardo san, Thank you very much for your grateful review for me. I am pleased that you could enjoy and get excellent experience for your Tokyo tour by visiting Asakusa, Meiji shrine, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Thanks to your various pin pointed questions, I could learn how to explain Japanese history and culture more better. I am looking forward to meeting with you in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Robert Robert United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kudos for Kashima! ”

Twelve days, four tourists and Kashima! We (two married couples aged 61-72) had a wonderful experience exploring Japan by (per our request) railway, taxi, bus, cable car, metro and by foot! Kashima successfully led us through Tokyo, Kobe, Kanazawa, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka. Kashima was on time, was flexible with our schedule when we changed our minds or wanted to rearrange our day. Kashima met us each morning at our hotel and helped us navigate the public transportation systems, acted as translator, answered cultural questions and ALWAYS maintained a positive, helpful and friendly manner. Kashima worked hard to arrange a special evening with an apprentice Geisha (Maiko) for us. This was something we wanted to experience but didn’t realize how difficult to find or arrange a “real” ... read more

KASHIMA:

Hello Robert san, Thank you very much for your very detail review of your ecellent experience you had during 12 days through tour in Japan and utmost great comments for me by taking your precious time. It was the first time for me to execute guding of 12 days through tour by using public transportation. Thanks to your deeply considered selection of tour spots from East to West including Kanazawa tour for me at the first time, and all your groups' strong interests to have experience of Japanese culture and to get knowledge of Japanese history, specially successive generations of Samurai top worriers and Zen Buddhism, I could improve my tour guide skill, specially about the great history of Japan from Heian era to Edo era until it has been truly unified and established with peace. Also, du... read more

Silvia Silvia Peru ( Solo )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Wonderful and informative guide. ”

Kashima was my guide for two days in Kyoto, I appreciated his able guidance through the various temples and monkey Park. The document he prepared for me is very informative and customized for me, I learned a lot thanks to his excellent guidance. Kashima was kind to showing me how to take the bullet train and not get lost in the train station. Excellent guide! Silvia

KASHIMA:

Hello Silvia san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. I am very much pleased that you enjoyed a lot for two days Kyoto tour. We visited Arashiyama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge, Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo castle, Gion, Monkey park, Ryoanji temple, Kinkakuji temple and Sanjusangendo temple. Specially, you had a lot of fun for Gion watching with Maiko crossing in the dark night at late evening, to play with Monkeys, Kinkakuji temple with beautiful three stories Golden pavilion and Sanjusangendo with one thousand Kannon statue inside there. I would like to be proud that I could took a miracle shot of your photo in Gion with Maiko lady behind you clearly while walking through by chance. I believe that you will keep the photo in your life. I... read more

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