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

by KASHIMA
(18) Reviews
9h $ 277 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.

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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 ( 18 )
Tammy Tammy Malta ( Couple )
Excellent
5 days 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 weeks 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

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

Well planned and enthusiastic. Created an itinerary to meet with our desired interests. Knowledgeable and experienced.

KASHIMA:

Mark san, Thank you very much for your great comments for me. I am pleased that you and your group enjoyed a lot of Kyoto one day tour. Bsed on your preference, we made an itinerary to avoid very touristy places such as Kinkakuji/Golden Pavillion and selected less touristy places such as Arashiyama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Ryoanji trmple, Shinsenen garden ang Gion. Thanks to strong curiosity of your group about not only Japanese historey and culture but also Japanese everyday affairs, we could make precious information excahnge a lot. I am looking forward to have another chance to guide you when you come to Japan again in future. Thanks, Kashima

Katarzyna Katarzyna Poland ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tiur on Nara ”

we had very nice tour with Kashima - he was prepared in excellent manner, all on time, and he has shared with us interesting stories on Nara. very entusiastic about his job.

KASHIMA:

Katarzyna san, Thank you very much for your warm and great comments to me. I am very much pleased that you enjoyed ancient atomosphere of Nara and could understand the excellence of Nara. There are spacious and graceful view with no modern building built on their surrounding such as Todaiji, Great Buddha, Kasuga-Taisha, Nara park, Toshoudaiji temple and Yakushiji temple where we visited. We enjoyed to talk with each other about not only the historical difference between Nara and Kyoto but also various topics for both Poland and Japan. I am looking forward to meeting with you again for your next trip in Japan. Thanks, Kashima

James James United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Hideo Kashima Review ”

Kashima was wonderful throughout a long day of touring. He was very knowledgeable about all sites visited. I highly recommend a tour led by Hideo.

KASHIMA:

James san, Thank you very much for your great comments for me. I am very much pleased and appreciated that you and your wife enjoyed the tour of Tokyo such as Tsukiji outer market, Tsukiji-Honganji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine, Imperial palace and the overview from the highest observation floor of both Tokyo tower and Skytree even if it was fairly hot on the day and we walked by fairly lots of steps. I was impressed that you and your wife were so interested in Japanese culture, history and beautiful landscape. I am looking forward to meeting again for your next visit in Japan. Thanks, Kashima

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