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Hikone Castle (A National Treasure) & Castle Town Tour

(60) Reviews
5h $ 72 per person

Highlights

  • Hikone Castle tower (A National Treasure), Genkyu-en Garden
  • Hikone Castle Museum, Temple complex and Castle Town
  • Japanese Traditional Restaurant

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72.00 USD

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Overview

You will visit the Hikone castle tower, turrets, stone walls and moats etc..
Moreover, you will visist Hikone castle museum and castle town.
You feel like you have slipped back into the Edo Period ( about 200~400 years ago).
Hikone city is near Kyoto city. It takes about 50 min. by JR train. Please vieit Hikone while you visit Kyoto.
Of course, I can guide you in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

What to Expect

You will find following items.
・Architecture Style of Japanese Castle
・Japanese garden style
・Samurai's life

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Kazuhiko Licensed Guide
(60) Reviews
Contact Kazuhiko Response Time: 8 hs

Highlights

  • Hikone Castle tower (A National Treasure), Genkyu-en Garden
  • Hikone Castle Museum, Temple complex and Castle Town
  • Japanese Traditional Restaurant

Important

I will suit it to a guide starting time that is convenient for you.

There are many beautiful temples and shrine near Hikone castle.
You can also visit there.

What‘s included
Tour guide fee

What‘s not included
Transportation fee, Entrance fee, Lunch fee
Depart From
Shiga , Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe
Meeting Point
At JR Hikone Station
Ending Point
At JR Hikone Station
Duration
5 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 18 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there interesting spots around here?

Yes. This area is close to Kyoto and Nara geographically and has been culturally influenced strongly by Kyoto and Nara since ancient times. Therefore, there are many famous temples and shrines around here. Moreover, this area was important military spot for feudal lords who tried to rule Japan in the Civil Wars in around the 16 century.
Therefore, there are many ruins of castles.

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 ( 60 )
Carlos Carlos Aruba ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Best Guide! Personal service in and around Kyoto ”

With no local language skills and short time to see so much, we are so glad we found Kazu online! Excellent English! On time meeting at our hotel, with personal stories and notes about the chosen sites, the culture difference between temples and shrines and a bit about living in Kyoto. (also pictures on his tablet) Great to get some history and culture ahead and during day (he gave us details before we started and on the trains & busses, not to loos any time) He is so knowledgable and it's obvious he loves his job. With good prior correspondence, he helped us choose between so many wonderful sights (we choose the bigger, busier shrines & temples, further from our hotel where we needed more guidance. we were even able to make a change during our day when we asked about a beautiful Bamboo forest we had seen pictures of. So happy he was able to accommodate us to see that beautiful temple) With his personal service as we made our way through the most popular, spectacular places we never felt lost in the crowd. We were even able to stop along the way to look and shop for some unique items without sacrificing time at the shrines and temples or going out of our way while seeing some of the endless beauty Kyoto has to offer. The place he chose for lunch was so fun and good, A great priced, sushi carousel! He even helped us plan our next day on our own explaining the subway stops and how to get & use a full day bus pass ahead. We have had at the good fortune to travel with private guides before and Kazuhiko is one of the best we've ever had. just a small note, he's quite a fast walker in the train stations (not the temples) Just ask him to slow down if you prefer to move at a slower pace. We look forward to returning to beautiful Kyoto and hope to have Kazu again show us some new places and adventures.

Kazuhiko:

Hi Carlos I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your couple enjoyed your tour. I had great time as well showing your couple around Kyoto. I'm sorry that I made you walk a lot in record-breaking hottests day. Moreover, I'm sorry taht I walked fast. I also had nice time with your couple. Thank you!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. And, I hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again in other many spots in Japan. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto

Andrea Andrea United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

We spent our first full day in Kyoto with Kazuhiko for a Kyoto highlight tour. We were staying at an Airbnb in the Higashiyama neighborhood, but we ended up meeting Kazu at a hotel near Kyoto station as it was an easier meeting place. We used public transportation to go to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park, Nishiki Market, Gion District (and spotted some geiko and maiko!). We had seven in our group, including our children (ages 5, 8, 10) and my parents. Kazu was very flexible with us as we altered our plans a bit based on everyone's interests, physical ability and the heat (it was 100 degrees). We added the monkey park to the itinerary while we were in Arashiyama, which required about a 20 minute walk up the mountain to the park (my parents stayed in the town and got a drink while we did this). Kazu had planned to take us to Kinkakuji Temple on this day as well, but we elected to skip the temple on this tour because everyone was very hot and tired. The main sights in Kyoto seem to be on the outskirts of the city, so traveling to each of them takes awhile. The shrine and bamboo forest were also very crowded with tourists. Kazu did a great job taking photos of our family at all of the scenic spots. We had a good lunch at a restaurant in Nishiki Market, and also grazed on some food from the vendors in the market. Kazu brought a map for each of us showing the Kyoto highlights, as well as a handout about the geiko traditions. He also shared pictures of his children and grandchildren. We enjoyed speaking with him and learning about Japan and his life. Kazu's English is pretty good, although we had trouble understanding a few words, but we figured it out. Kazu is a VERY fast walker. I appreciate this, but had to ask him to slow down several times for the sake of my aging parents. We did a lot of walking and riding on public transportation on this trip. Thank you Kazu! Arigato!

Kazuhiko:

Dear Ms.Andrea I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your nice family enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your nice family around Kyoto. I'm sorry that I had made you walk a lot, and I'm sorry that I walked fast. Moreover, I'm sorry that I did not use a subway, though you had 1-day subway pass. Because, there are only 2 subway lines in Kyoto. I have guided many foreign tourists for several years. However,that was the first time I had guided guests in a record-braking hottest day, and that was the first time I had gone to Monkey park 4 times in a month. Therefore, I could not guide you enough, though I had tried to do my best, because I was also slight tired, Sorry!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. Moreover, I sincerely hope your family visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide your nice family again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto

Robert Robert United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ great guide ”

great guide, great sevice, a very nice person, would use again next time in Japan

Kazuhiko:

Dear Mr.Robert I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your family enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Kyoto. I apologize that I made your family walk a lot in the hot weather. I'm anxious that your family got tired. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. Please visit Japan again, if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto

Noreen Noreen United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Efficient, professional guide ”

Kazu is a very efficient and professional guide. He took care of my family of 11 in Kyoto as part of a shore excursion from Maizuru port. Correspondence with him prior to the trip was a breeze and he replied promptly to my queries. We appreciate his being organized, knowledgeable, and flexible as we visited must-see places in Kyoto. Overall, a very enjoyable and memorable trip! Thanks Kazu!

Kazuhiko:

Dear Ms.Noreen I appreciate your feedback. I’m glad that your family had a nice time in Kyoto. I apologize that I made your family walk a lot in hottest weather. I had also great time as well showing your family around Kyoto. I hope that this tour will become your memorable tour. Please visit japan again. If so, I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto

MARYANN MARYANN United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ We loved Kazu!! He was so helpful and very knowledgeable on the history of Osaka!! ”

He was our tour guide for both Osaka and Kyoto! He was wonderful and prompt. He was very informative and very helpful! My kids even enjoyed having him as our tour guide! Thank you again so much Kazu for everything!!

Kazuhiko:

Dear Ms.Maryann I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your group enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Osaka and Kyoto. In spite of the hottest days, I'm pleased that your group enjoyed the tour. Moreover, your kid presented me with small shell. That is my life treasure. Thank you!! I sincerely hope this tour will become memorable tour. Please visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide your group again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto