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Himeji Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen, & Mt. Rokko Day Trip

1. From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen, & Mt. Rokko Day Trip

Join this bus tour from central Osaka to visit the best of historical landmarks and natural beauty in one single day. Enjoy a relaxing bus transfer with guided commentary as you travel between the stops. Discover the most beautiful castle in Japan, Himeji Castle, and the Kouroen Former Residence Park. Visit Arima, known for it's historic hot springs. and Mount Rokko, a popular spot in the Kansai region, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and savor the tranquility of this mountainous retreat. This exciting journey will take you through some of Japan's most iconic destinations in just one day. Itinerary: 08:30 - Depart from Osaka Namba We will start our journey from VIP Villa Namba in Osaka. 10:00 - Himeji Castle Our first stop will be Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and one of Japan's national treasures. Also known as "White Heron Castle," it boasts impressive architecture and a rich history dating back centuries. 11:40 - Kouroen Former Residence Park After exploring Himeji Castle, we'll visit Kouroen Former Residence Park, where you'll have some free time to enjoy lunch at your leisure. 14:00 - Arima Onsen Excursion Next, we'll head to Arima Onsen, one of Japan's three famous hot springs. Relax and rejuvenate in the healing waters of this ancient onsen, known as the oldest hot spring in Japan. 16:00 - Mount Rokko Our final destination will be Mount Rokko, a popular spot in the Kansai region, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and savor the tranquility of this mountainous retreat. 18:30 - Return to VIP Villa Namba **New Itinerary coming up from 16-Oct-2023!** 8:00 - Depart from Osaka Namba 9:30-12:30 - Himeji Castle&Koko-en 12:40-13:40 - Kouroen Former Residence Park (Shopping&Free-time) 14:50-16:20 - Arima Onsen Excursion 16:50-17:20 - Mount Rokko 18:30 - Return to VIP Villa Namba We'll wrap up the day and return to Osaka Namba, where our memorable journey ends. Join us on this unforgettable day trip and witness the captivating charm of Himeji Castle, the relaxation of Arima Onsen, and the enchantment of Mount Rokko. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of Japan in one day!

Himeji: Private Customized Tour with Licensed Guide

2. Himeji: Private Customized Tour with Licensed Guide

Explore Himeji in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. This tour features a morning pickup at your hotel in Himeji, then a visit to any number of possible sites. You can customize your itinerary according to the places you want to visit. See a suggested itinerary below: The first stop is Himeji Castle, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Himeji Castle dates back to 1333, and has survived natural disasters, WWII bombing, and the wear of the weather. In 2015, it underwent restoration works, which helped return its facade to a brilliant white. Visit the castle with a local knowledgeable guide and learn about the castle's architecture. Next is Mt. Shosha, a picturesque temple area located in the mountains behind Himeji Castle. Take the ropeway cable car up to Mt. Shosha. Alternatively, if you’re feeling extremely energetic, you could hike up the mountain in an hour or less. Then stop by the Engyo-ji Temple. With so much to explore on the temple grounds, plan to spend around an hour here to see the main structures. The trails that lead through the grounds reveal Mt. Shosha's gorgeous flora, and little details that create a magical atmosphere. For lunch, you enjoy delicious local food around Himeji Station, such as amen, gyoza, tonkatsu, and sushi. The local shopping street arcade is another charm of Himeji, and your guide will pick out the best shops for you to visit.  Other popular places to visit on this tour could be the Himeji City Museum of Literature, the Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, or the Hiromine Shrine.

Half-day Himeji Castle Town Bike Tour with Lunch

3. Half-day Himeji Castle Town Bike Tour with Lunch

Tour Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site of magnificent scale, wisdom and technology After meeting at Himeji Station, we will collect our bicycles and proceed to the shopping street in the castle town. There, we will visit a Japanese sweets shop with a history spanning over 300 years and sample "Tamatsubaki," a refined Japanese confection that was once presented to feudal lords within the castle. Subsequently, we will explore the magnificent Himeji Castle, also referred to as Shirasagi-jo, meaning "White Egret Castle." During our visit to Himeji Castle, our local guide will elucidate why the castle is deemed impregnable and renowned for its beauty, providing insights into its architecture, exhibits, and historical significance. After taking in the spectacular view and cityscape from the top of the castle, enjoy lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant beloved by the locals! After ascending to the summit of Himeji Castle and admiring the breathtaking view, we will cycle through the historic castle town. We will savor a Japanese lunch at a restaurant located in the castle town. Following lunch, we will proceed to a shrine that offers a picturesque spot for capturing beautiful photographs of Himeji Castle. Relax and enjoy a cup of tea in Kokoen, a beautiful Daimyo garden. After exploring the shrine, we will cycle once more around Himeji Castle, heading to the picturesque Kokoen Garden. Within this garden, you can admire the flora, ponds, and carp while being serenaded by the melodious sound of a cascading waterfall. Following a leisurely cup of tea at a café within the garden, we will make our way back to the station.

From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden and Temple Visit

4. From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden and Temple Visit

9:00 AM: Depart from Osaka 10:30 AM: Arrive at Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's most famous and impressive castles. Spend some time exploring the castle's many towers, gates, and defensive features. 12:30 PM: Purchase a delicious lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Himeji Castle area. 2:00 PM: Visit Kokoen Garden, a beautiful traditional Japanese garden with several different styles of Japanese landscaping. 3:00 PM: Take a short drive to Engyo-ji Temple, a mountain-top temple complex with stunning views of the surrounding area. 5:00 PM: Return to Osaka 6:30 PM: Arrive in Osaka

Private:Full day Kobe City Tour w/Hotel Pickup

5. Private:Full day Kobe City Tour w/Hotel Pickup

Hotel Pick up 8am Ikuta Jinja Shrine Kobe China-town Nankin Machi Meriken Park Kobe Maritime Museum Kobe Port Tower Kobe Harborland Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens Hakutsuru Sake Brewery

Himeji: Half-Day Private Guide Tour of the Castle from Osaka

6. Himeji: Half-Day Private Guide Tour of the Castle from Osaka

This tour takes place in a historic castle. Himeji Castle is one of 12 Japanese castles still very well preserved with their wooden main keep still existing. We can still visit it today without any problems. The castle dates from 1346 and we currently see it as it was in 1618. You will learn more about the History of Japan, with your guide, passionate or even graduate in Japanese History, who will explain to you the ins and outs of Japanese politics of yesteryear. You will have a good lesson in history and exciting architecture in perspective, unique to Himeji!

Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

7. Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

Pre-book a 1 or 2-day car rental in Kobe and benefit from a stress-free and seamless car rental service. Simply pick up your reserved car from the rental office at Shin-Kobe Station, start the engine, and begin your driving journey to discover the best of Kobe and nearby Osaka. The rental duration for a 1-day rental is 12 hours and you can pick up the car any time during their opening hour (8:00 AM - 10:30 PM). The rental duration for a 2- day rental is 36 hours.

Himeji Castle Audio Guide: Stories of White Heron Castle

8. Himeji Castle Audio Guide: Stories of White Heron Castle

■Audio guide spot 1. Himeji Castle(number of guides: 23) 【Start:Ote-mon Gate】 ↓ About 2 minutes on foot 3. extra:Koko-en Garden(number of guides: 1) Audio guide time: 57 minutes(It takes about 2 hours more to actually listen while walking around the site) Number of guides: 24 ■What can you hear in the audio guide? Listen to the history of one of the stunning Himeji Castle, often called the "White Heron Castle". WIth this self-guided audio guide, listen to the history of the founder of Himeji Castle from Sengoku Period and explanation about the meaning of every architecture and building within the Castle complex. You can even listen to the mystical story about one of the famous structures that both deep and tragic. ■Be sure to check *This is an audio guide using your smartphone *English audio guide *No ticket redemption required *Admission tickets are not included *This is not an official audio guide *Please do not make direct inquiries to the facility regarding this audio guide *Please make sure to check the opening hours on the official website(not GetYourGuide)before visiting the site. ■HOW TO USE 1.After purchase, we will send a message to your email address registered with getyourguide. 2.From the URL in the message, please select "Listen on the app" or "Browse on Web". 3.You can listen to the audio guide.

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What people are saying about Himeji Castle

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based on 2 reviews

We had a fantastic day with our guide Yama. He was good fun to be with and had a great sense of humour! We chose to use taxis rather than the bus to get us to Engyo-ji Temple and the sake brewery to give us more time. The temple in the mountains was lovely and peaceful and Yama told us was where Tom Cruise filmed one of the scenes from The Last Samauri. Himeji Castle is beautiful and Yama gave us lots of historical information to bring the visit to life. The garden was pretty with lots of small bridges and koi ponds. Finally we walked around the outside of the sake brewery which had brewing information and history and tasted a few different sakes in the shop afterwards. Thank you Yama for a wonderful day!

Hiromi was amazing. We started at noon because we were coming from Kyoto, and we had an 8 year old with us, so she was great accommodating his wanting to be on the move! Hiromi was very knowledgable about the Himeji Castle and city! We did everything we wanted to do in 7 hours before heading back to Kyoto. I would highly recommend Hiromi!

A great day out with a fantastic guide and lovely driver. Just enough information and guidance given to maximise our enjoyment without feeling " controlled". Would strongly recommend.

Very experienced guide, the schedule was followed perfectly, the stations were amazing

We had a wonderful guide. Very informative and sweet.