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

by KASHIMA
(41) Reviews
9h $ 331 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: yen2000
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 ( 41 )
Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
Poor
2 weeks ago

“ One Day Tokyo Tour Experience ”

There's six of us in the group and it's our 16th day in Japan. Tokyo is the last place we will visit and we're all excited because Tokyo is a famous city. The excitement turned into disappointment because we booked five tours with TripleLights and our previous guides were excellent, fun, and organized. We have a comparison and Kashima was not prepared compared to those other guides. Many times, he will tell us to wait and step aside on the streets and he will asked for directions at the Train Information Desk. He barely communicated with us and will not offer to take us pictures. We had a hard time looking for lunch and there was a miscommunication with the waiter when I requested for a fork. He served each one of us a bottle of Coke. I know it's not Kashima's fault, but if he will just sp... read more

KASHIMA:

Angelina san, Thank you very much for your honest and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious tour. I am so sorry that I could not have your tour be memorable and make you feel boring due to my insufficient supporting for your tour. One thing I need to make sure is that our original agreed tour plan was Tsukiji market, Asakusa, Tokyo cruising, Hamarikyu garden, Meiji shrine and Shibuya crossing. On the tour day, according to your latest request to avoid cruising and temples, we skipped Tokyo-cruising, Hamarikyu garden and Meiji shrine, instead we visited Rikugien garden. I can be anytime flexible to change the tour plan according to customers request. However, at this time I could not well support for the change of the plan for you. Because I learned that I nee... read more

Bob Bob United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Five Days to Remember ”

My wife and I just completed a wonderful week in Japan. Because we knew basically what cities we wanted to visit and knew we didn't want a "cookie cutter" tour experience, we reached out to Kashima to create a truly once in a lifetime experience. He was always prepared, punctual, and just plain fun to be with. We not only found a great tour guide, but we found a new friend. If you want to "do it right," see Japan with a real professional. See Japan with Kashima and Triple Lights!

KASHIMA:

Bob san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. I am very much impressed that one of your primary purpose to come to Japan is to remember the places where you had lived in Japan during your childhood around 60 years ago with getting fantastic experience. I am pleased that I could support you to remind your memories in Yokohama Honmoku area where you had lived. Also, during the 5 days tour, we visited Kamakura, Hakone, Osaka and Kyoto. We could make open mind comunication with you and your wife each other just after we met on the tour starting day and could exchange many kinds of topics with enjoying. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Debbie Debbie United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ One day in Kyoto ”

Our tour was very nice and Kashima was a wonderful guide. He was thoughtful and gave very detailed information.

KASHIMA:

Debbie san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me and selecting me as a guide of Kyoto tour for you and your friends of 14 number of ladies. I am very much pleased that under very hot whether condition on the day in May, all ladies could enjoyed the Kyoto tour such as Arashiyama / Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge, Ryoanji rock garden, Golden pavilion and Gion. I could explain all of your group about several historical stories such as the Temples related with Top Samurai worriers in Muromachi era , Zen Buddhism sect characteristic and so-on thanks to all your group strong cuoriosity. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Mr. Awesome! ”

Kashima was so very helpful. He assisted us with tickets for the bullet train and navigation from Tokyo to Kyoto. He was very knowledgable and truly amazing!

KASHIMA:

Lisa san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide of 2 days Tokyo & Kyoto tour for your friends of two young lady and gentleman. We visited lots of spots such as Asakusa/Sensoji temple, Meiji shrine, Harajuku/Takeshita.st, Omotesando, Shibuya crossing, Akihabara in Tokyo and Arashiyama/Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge, Mt.Iwata Monkey park and crape tasting in down town in Kyoto. I am very much pleased that they could enjoy the tour, specially historical background related with temples and Monkey park. I am looking forward to receiving another guide request to me from you in the future. Thanks, Kashima

Mei Lan Mei Singapore ( Friends )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Nikko 1 day tour ”

Thank you for the wonderful day, Kashima san.

KASHIMA:

Mei san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Nikko tour. We visited several spots in Nikko such as sightseeing of Sake brewery, Toshogu shrine, Chuzenji lake and Kegon waterfall. Speciall, your group requested me to visit Japanese Sake brewery sightseeing. I took you to Watanabe Sahei Japanese Sake brewery where the president explained to us inside Sake brewery building with no charge in detail about how Sake is made and the difference of each grade Sake with five different Sake tasting. I am very much pleased that you all could enjoyed and asked lots of questions about the Sake. I hope that you can introduce the experience you had in your country and I am looking forward to meeting with you again in the future. Thanks, Kashima

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