Tour Covers the Himeji Castle and "The Last Samurai" temple with a private guide
Let's take Shinkansen "bullet train" from Shin-Osaka to Himeji, experience its speed and comfortable car.
Taking a train, when you carry the Japan Rail Pass, it helps you.
The Engyoji temple is well-known where the shoot footage of the Hollywood movie "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe. The precincts remind you the scenes where they had acted.
Secondly, we visit Koko-en Garden next to Himeji Castle.
The garden is about 3. 5 ha and it is composed of nine different gardens.
The highlight, Himeji castle, the national treasures in Japan and a UNESCO site, was completely reopened in March 2015 after the 5. 5-year construction. So you can enter and go up to the main keep.
Please wear socks to remove your shoes at the entrance of Japanese buildings.
I can meet you at your hotel lobby (except for Airbnb) in Osaka city.
This tour starts in Osaka city, not in Kyoto. Because the guide lives in Osaka. When you stay in Kyoto, let's meet in the Shinkansen train. Thank you
Meet at in the front lobby at your hotel in Osaka city.
1. Shinkansen ride from Shin-Osaka to Himeji,
2. Bus and ropeway ride to Engyoji Buddhist temple,
the Hollywood movie "The Last Samurai" was filmed. Please remove your shoes to enter buildings.
3. Ride a ropeway and bus back to Koko-en Garden.
4. Visit Himeji Castle.
5. Back to Osaka city by Shinkansen again and go to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your hotel in Osaka city.
End location: I will drop you off at your hotel .
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
We will take a Shinkansen, bus, cablecar, and also do some walking.
My services as your personal tour guide for a day, meals and transportation.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10830 JPY - transportation :Shinkansen round-trip(3750 JPY*2), bus+ropeway(1300 JPY),
admission: Engyoji Temple(1000 JPY), Himeji Castle+Koko-en Garden(1030 JPY).
Personal expenses related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and meals.
*Guide-interpreters without special qualification must not drive a car or a bus for tourists.
*The Travel Agency Act prohibits including travel costs (meals, transportation and admission fees) in guide-interpreting fees.
*Insurance is not included.
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Hiroko provided my son and I an outstanding tour. We saw so much and Hiroko was very helpful given the complexities of the transportation connections.