Full day Private tour to Himeji castle from Kyoto ( or Osaka) by Shinkansen with the bonus trip to Kobe.

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Tour Number

Activity Level

240606


Categories

Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids are welcomed as long as they are supervised by their parents.

Friendly: No.
There are stair cases and unpaved roads.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (advanced), Japanese (fluent)

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) via JR local train, we will drop by at Kobe to enjoy lunch ( with Kobe beef at your option). After lunch, we take gondola to the top of Mt. Nunobiki in Kobe with herb gardens and panorama view of Osaka bay. ( Or, we can visit Sake brewery at Kobe on behalf of herb garden, at your option. ) We will be back to Kyoto ( or Osaka ) by JR local train with the arrival there by 17:30 ( or Osaka by 17:00)

Itinerary

Meet at your hotel in Kyoto ( before 8:00 subject to the location) -Kyoto station (8:00) -by Shinkansen Hikari (8:23 departure) - Himeji station (9:16)- Himeji castle (9:30 to 11:30) - Himeji station (12:00 ) - via JR local train - Sannomiya station (12:45 ) - lunch (13:00-14:00) -via subway- Shinkobe station in Kobe (14:15) -by gondola - Mt. Nunobiki (14:30-15:30) - by gondola to Shinkobe station (15:45) - subway - Sannomiya station in Kobe (16:00) - by JR local- Kyoto (17:15)- Your hotel (around 17:30 subject to the location). ( In case of Osaka start, we will take Shinkansen Hikari with 8:36 departure at Shin-osaka station and be back to Osaka station around 17:00).

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting 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 7:30, because of the expected congestion at the castle.

Transportation

(a) We use public transportation i.e. Shinkansen, JR limited express, subway, and gondola. (b ) This tour takes about three hours of walking with approximately 11 kilometers or 7 miles of distance. Also, climbing up/down the castle stairs for 5 stories with shoes holding in vinyl sack is expected. ( c ) The fare of public transportation will be about 8,850 yen ( from Kyoto) or 6,930 yen ( from Osaka ), including 4,840 yen ( from Kyoto) or 3,610 yen ( from Osaka ) for Shinkansen.

What’s Included

Other: ( a ) The tour price of $360 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 ( except for Shinkansen), my meals, and my admissions to facilities are also included.( b ) My fare of Shinkansen ( 4,840 yen from Kyoto or 3,610 yen from Osaka ) is not covered by the tour price, but shall be paid by you when you purchase your tickets during the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

11350 J.Yen - ( a ) This is the expense per person from Kyoto to cover your transportation, your entrance fees and your lunch. ( In case of the start from Osaka, it is 9,430 yen per person.) ( b ) If you have a JR rail pass, it is 4,420 yen per person,with 6,930 yen ( from Kyoto ) saving. ( c ) This amount does not include the fare of Shinkansen for me, of 4,840 yen from Kyoto ( or 3,610 yen from Osaka ). ( d ) Your Kobe beef lunch is not assumed. ( See Extra ).

What’s Extra

Other: ( a ) Your transportation, admissions to facilities, and lunch are not included in the tour price of $360. (It is as stipulated per Estimated Cash Needed section.) ( b ) The optional Kobe beef lunch is not included in the tour price too. It is at 3,600 yen to 7,500 yen per person. ( c ) Your purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, and snacks are extra. ( d ) My fare of Shinkansen ( 4,840 yen from Kyoto or 3,610 yen from Osaka ) is not included in the tour price nor in Estimated Cash Needed.

Restrictions

I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.

A Recent Review of this tour

We booked Ken for a day trip to Himeji, wonderful guide a wonderful gentleman, with a wealth of knowledge, in many area's. Ken is a registered guide, which we found to be very important. Great day, highly recommend.
Gail Reilly

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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    240606


    Categories

    Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town, City

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids are welcomed as long as they are supervised by their parents.

    Friendly: No.
    There are stair cases and unpaved roads.

    Maximum travelers: 6

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (advanced), Japanese (fluent)

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