Optional tour for Sake brewery plant and/or Kobe beef lunch is available.
Himeji castle, with the nick name of White Heron castle because of the shape of its beautiful white castle tower, welcomes us after 5 years of renovation work. It is truly miracle to have the castle with 400 years of history, surviving from many wars without damage. ( It is the national treasure as well as the first World Cultural Heritage site designated by Unesco in Japan. ) We will explore the castle with the romance of Princess Sen, who survived from the civil war at Osaka castle and remarried to the son of the castle master at Himeji. We will take the tour by Shinkansen, and on our way back to Kyoto ( or Osaka), we will drop by Kobe to enjoy Ocean view and herb gardens at the top of Mt. Nunobiki. ( With the optional tour, we can visit Sake brewer tour in Nada, Kobe. Also, with another option, we can enjoy Kobe beef lunch, at my favorite restaurant during the tour. ) We will be back to Kyoto ( or Osaka ) by JR local train with the arrival there by 17:30 ( or Osaka by 17:00).
Meet at your hotel in Kyoto (8:00)-Kyoto station-by Shinkansen- Himeji station(10:00)- Himeji castle (10:30 to 12:00) - lunch (12:30-13:15) -leaving Himeji by Shinkansen (13:30)- Shinkobe station in Kobe (13:45) -by ropeway - Mt. Nunobiki(14:15-15:00) - by ropeway back to Shinkobe (15:15)- walking around Kitano area down to Sannomiya station in Kobe (15:15 to 16:00) - by JR local or Shinkaisoku train- Kyoto (17:15)- Your hotel (17:30). ( In case of Osaka start, we will be back to Osaka around 17:00).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto.
If you stay at any individual lodgings that are marketed by internet i.e. AB&B, the meeting place may be changed to a public place.
End location: The same place we start or any place you want to disband the tour.
Duration: 9 hours 30 min.
(a) In case of Osaka start, the duration will be about 9 hours. (b) During the high season in March, April and May, the starting time will be set earlier than 8:00, because of the expected congestion at the castle.
We use public transportation i.e. Shinkansen, JR limited express, subway, and ropeway. This tour takes about three hours of walking with approximately 11 kilometers or 7 miles of distance.Also, climbing up/down the castle stairs is expected.
The tour price includes my services as your personal tour guide during your trip and management on your schedule. General consultancy on your sightseeing in Japan, my transport expenses ( including Shinkansen ), my meals, and my admissions to facilities are also included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
14290 J.Yen - This is the expense per person from Kyoto. ( In case of the start from Osaka, it is 12,620 yen per person.) With JR rail pass, it is 3,900 yen per person,with 10,390 yen saving. Payments include 10,390 yen for public transportation fare (Shinkansen, and local trains), 2,400 yen for admissions for facilities and about 1,500 yen for lunch. In case of Kobe beef lunch option, the price range is 3,500 yen to 7,000 yen per person.
Your transportation, admissions to facilities, and lunch are not included in the tour price. (It is as stipulated per Estimated Local Cash Needed section.) Also, your purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, and snacks are extra.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Our group of five thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Himeji Castle and Kobe with our guide, Ken Sakurai. He was friendly, knowledgeable, considerate of the various needs of the members of our group, flexible and accommodating. This tour allowed us to experience not only the history of Himeji Castle but the beauty of nature at the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway. We also thoroughly enjoyed a delicious Kobe beef lunch at Ken's favorite restaurant. Seriously consider this tour when in Kyoto.