Picture the real samurai life in Himeji castle!!
Please check my availability calendar first so as to save your time
Starting time is 9:00 or 9:30 or 10:00
UNESCO's World Heritage site, Himeji castle is one of the most impressive and oldest wooden castle preserved in its original condition in Japan.
Many samurai-era dramas as well as the Tom Cruise film, "The Last Samurai", were filmed here.
The splendid gabled keep of Himeji castle is also known as Shirasagi-jo or "White Egret castle".
It is a symbol of Japanese traditional craftsmanship, since it has survived for over 400 years.
With its white elegant walls and wooden frames it absolutely fascinates people.
The magnificent Koko-en is nine connected Edo-era style Japanese garden.
This is the former site of the daimyo(feudal load)'s residence, with the superve view of Himeji castle.
Miyuki-tori shopping mall
If you want, Sake tasting with Sake sommelier is possible
If you have a JR pass, you might want to use Shinkansen.
However, there're three reasons I don't recommend it.
Firstly you have to buy a express ticket for me.
Secondly you have to go to ShinOsaka station to get Shinkansen. Though it depends on where you stay, the transportation time by Shinkansen is not so different from the time by special rapid local train because of the transfer time.
Finally Shinkansen Hikari's frequency is every hour. Special rapid local train's is every 15 min.
Therefore I recommend you to use local one.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station (Tourist Information Osaka on the first floor of JR Osaka station BLD.), Hotel, Suggested by Guide: Hotel in Osaka city only. Air B&B is impossible because there is no public space to wait.
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
As the duration includes my transportation time from and back to Osaka, if the meeting point is in Himeji, duration is six hours.
public transportation and walking
The estimated taxi fare is less than 2,000JPY to return from station to the castle.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4020 JPY per person - Himeji castle & Koko-en garden admission over 17:1040 JPY
Under 18 : 360 JPY
JR round trip ticket Osaka-Himeji 2980 JPY
Lunch depends on your choice
Local facilities sometimes do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
No special qualification to drive a car or a bus for tourists. Isurance is not included.
Please check my availability before you ask me in order to save your precious time.
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Yoshiro helped us see the highlights of Himeji Castle and shared the stories behind it as well. Very knowledgeable and efficient.