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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Day Tour

10 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This day trip takes you to one of the 12 remaining Historical Castles of Japan. Though there are over 250 places there were Castles and still over 100 foundations remain and some Castles have been renovated and rebuilt, these 12 are historical, Bitchu Matsuyama is one of them. Let me take you there. All tours leave from Shin Osaka Station (Kyoto for a separate small fee).


Feel free to personalize this offer with Richard.

  • Depart Shin Osaka Station
  • Arrive Bitchu Matsuyama area station head to Castle
  • Understand there is a bit of a hike up to this Castle
  • Walk grounds, Castle and talk History and back stories
  • Depart Castle and return to Shin Osaka

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What to Expect

We will depart for Bitchu Matsuyama early morning and head to one of the most awesome original Castles left in Japan. One of only 12 that remain completely original and historical. We will talk history, back stories, and see an amazing Castle that reflects what Japan was like before the 19th century, sometimes 300~400 years prior to that. Come let me take you back in time. This is the highest and oldest Castle in Japan.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
Meeting Point Shin Osaka Station
Ending Point Shin Osaka Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

GUIDE FEE ONLY paid through this site

What‘s not included

Please ensure you share the costs of the Guide
¥7600 per person for trans
¥3000 for taxis up to three people, double after that
¥1200 for lunch per person
¥900 per person for Entrance Fees


If you do not see the tour you are looking for or want to add or subtract something, let me know what you want to do and where you want to go and I will ensure I put together an itinerary that fits your needs and blows your mind. Welcome!!!

Travel time is more than usual
It will be a long day
You will have an awesome time with me
Be ready to be blown away

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

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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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Reviews ( 104 )
4.9 (104) Reviews
Very Good
Susan Susan United States ( Friends )
2 days ago

“ Great Experience with Richard ”

Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed our time with Richard. He is knowledgeable about Japan and we saw many interesting sights in Osaka and Nara. Richard shares of himself and his background and he took good care of each member of our group. We ate and drank well, learned a lot and had a lot of laughs. We recommend Richard highly.


Hey Susan, I think you guys were laughing at me right? LOL Thank you so much for allowing me to drag you around this Kansai area of Japan (ookini). Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. Kind regards, Richard

Sherrill Sherrill United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Fast paced, excellent English. Knowledge of Buddhism & Culture ”

Richard was the first and only guide we have met on our multiple private tour experiences around the world who believed that because he had sent a picture of himself that he didn’t need to have a sign. He said “she knows what I look like”. The resulting inability to find our guide started our day late and was irritating to say the least. Richard is an American ex-pat who’s tour experience in Japan could be described as “extreme sport tourism”. Our time was short and we had a long way to travel from Osaka to see Kyoto, however we didn’t really have to power walk through the subway and train stations and whisk through the market so quickly. Was it partly my fault that we were so rushed? Yes. Did he listen and slow down? No. He said he couldn’t walk that slowly but would always wait for u... read more


I am so sorry that you have been the only one to not recognize me as you knew what I looked like from my video, and we got started on time anyway, as you had come down before the 12:30pm start time at the Ship. The whole misstep maybe lasted five minutes at the most as your husband went back to get you after he recognized me. All I wanted to do is get you through the itinerary you requested in the short amount of time I had to get you back to the Ship, and even though I do walk ahead, (as I lead the group), I always stop multiple times to allow everyone to catch up. I told you if you could not walk we should get a car and you did not do that. It would have been easier on all of us, though the other two people in the party that you had met on the ship and brought along, did not complain ... read more

Anna Anna United States ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ We would recommend Richard to everybody! ”

We ( two couples) spent 3 days with Richard in Kyoto,Osaka (Food tour) and Nara . We couldn’t wish for a better guide! He is incredible! We learned and experienced so much Richard knows everything about Japan, his knowledge of Japanese history and Japanese food is encyclopedic! His amazing personality and sense of humor make you feel as if you are traveling with a friend. He is caring and eager to help with all your needs and answer all your questions We already miss him Thank you, our dear friend!


Thank you Anna. Love you guys too! It was so fun with you guys and all of you are just fun-loving people full of wonder and adventure. I do hope to see you again someday. Truly. Thank you and hope to keep in touch! Please tell Daniel and Boris and Jenny hello for me. You still have a few days in Japan, so make sure you drink more SAKE!!! LOL Kind regards Richard

Nicky Nicky United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Two day guided tour in Kyoto ”

What a fabulous experience we had with Richard for two days. He was very personable, extremely knowledgable and overall a very good guide. He made it feel like you were out with a friend showing us around the city. He was very mindful of what we were looking for and continued to provide advice on visits even after the two days were completed. It always felt like he was looking to provide us with what we needed and the best experience he could provide. We would highly recommend him to anyone who was looking for someone provide an in depth experience of Kyoto area. Richard & Nicky


I have no idea what you're talking about. I intentionally try to misguide you. you have foiled me again! LOL I sincerely hope you had an amazing time and I thank you for entrusting me and allowing me to drag you around. Have a safe trip home and if you need anything you let me know! Kind regards Richard

Linda Linda Canada ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Fantastic and Fun ”

Richard’s knowledge of Japan, temples and shrines, and history and culture combined with his gregarious personality made for a truly memorable day visiting several sites in Kyoto. Richard explained and pointed out so many things that helped us appreciate what we were seeing. We three couples enjoy food. His familiarity with its vendors and foods made our time at Nishiki Market, trying many different items including sake that Richard selected, a marvellous adventure. We enjoyed experiences that would have been impossible without this guide. What a great time! Highly recommend.


Thank you Linda. Your family was a lot of fun and I hope the boys are alright with the sake drinking we did... LOL The Melon Bread stands have no chance against you guys!!! Have to make a business plan once you get back home!! Please let me know if there is ever anything else I can do for you! Kind regards, Richard

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