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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
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.
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.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Ken met us at our hotel for a day trip to Himeji Castle and a Kobe Beef lunch. We were there during Golden Week, so the crowds were huge. Ken was a great guide and navigated the crowds well. He took us to a lovely place for lunch that had excellent food. If you choose this tour, please go for the optional Kobe Beef lunch. We highly recommend Ken and very much enjoyed our day with him.