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


Himeji
9 hours
up to 8 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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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.

Itinerary

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  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kobe
Ending Point At your hotel in Kobe

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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May BN May Japan ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima ”

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

KASHIMA:

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

hollie Hollie United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great guide ”

Had a great day with Kashima - our itinerary and the numbers in our group changed several times and he was so accommodating and nice about it. We saw the highlights we wanted and some great places we didn’t know about!

KASHIMA:

Hollie san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. Our original tour plan was one day tour on Oct.12 for Hakone & Yokohama. However, unfortunately, the biggest typhoon named 19th hit Japan in Kanto area from Oct.11 to Oct.12. Under this circumstance, you and your friends were kindly flexible to see the storm situation by communication with me and we could set the alternate tour on Oct.13 by making several alternate tour options prepared. In the end, we could enjoy Tokyo tour visiting Imperial palace, Zojoji, Tokyo tower, Harajuku, Omotesando and Shinjuku Golden Gai with beer drinking as final enjoyment under sunny weather on the day. I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy the tour even under this unexpected situation. During the tour, we coul... read more

Michael Michael Germany ( Family )
Poor
1 month ago

“ Engaged but not enough knowledge ”

Kashima tried his best to show us through Nikko, but we expected much more knowledge in one of the most interesting places in Japan. The information he gave us, we already had when preparing the trip. From a guide we also expected better knowledge in English.

KASHIMA:

Michael san, Thank you very much for your helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your precious Nikko tour. We visited Toshogu shrine, Akechidaira, Lake-Chuzenji and Kegon-waterfall. Unfortunately, due to cloudy whether, we could not take Ropeway in Akechidaira to view the landscape and we could not see clear view of Kegon-waterfall near Lake-Chuzenji. You had ever come to Japan decades years ago and this trip in Japan is your 3rd one. . I am pleased to hear from you that you know well Japan and love Japan ncluding Nikko. Also, I am amazed that you will have your own tour through Japan with your family by renting a car after this tour . I felt that you kindly educated me by this review so that I can become more professional guide capable to explain much more deep informat... read more

Bob Bob United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Very good and thorough guide ”

Totally competent caring for our group. Got us through the day with ease. English was frequently difficult to understand, though. Very good skills getting us through all our train and bus changes. Did not, though, keep us together through the Himeji castle, nor give us any education while inside.

KASHIMA:

Bob san, Thank you very much for your utmost and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Himeji & Kobe tour. I am pleased that I could support your, your wife and your group of 8 people from your cruise ship members. All your members are so active to learn about Japanese history, culture and daily life. I could communicate a lot with all your members. Also, I am pleased that you kindly pointed out my inperfected points. I will improve my explanation skill about each spots information by English with more slowly and accurate so that everyone can easy understand. As for the explanation inside Himeji castle, I am sorry that I could not explain there. I will improve how to explain to large members during climbing up to 7 stories castle with jammed situation. I hope tha... read more

Dov Dov Israel ( Couple )
Good
3 months ago

“ Very nice guy but too expensive ”

MR. Kashima is a very nice guy, but I am not sure I got a good value for the money I paid.

KASHIMA:

Dov san, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your precious Hakone tour. Thanks to your strong will to learn Japanese culture, history and daily life status, we could exchange lots of conversation and I think that I could explain lots of deep information for those. Unfortunately, the whether was cloudy and you can not see Mt.Fuji during the tour. Based on your review comments, I will improve to provide more values to cutomers exceeding a lot against the payment I received from now on. I am looking forward to receiving another request from you in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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