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Osaka: Himeji Castle, Koko-en, Arima and Mt. Rokko Day Trip

1. Osaka: Himeji Castle, Koko-en, Arima and Mt. Rokko Day Trip

· Himeji Castle is renowned for its pristine white exterior and exquisite architecture. · Kokoen features nine distinct-style gardens showcasing the beauty of Japan's four seasons. · Retired Family Mansion Park preserves the ambiance of past residences. · Arima Onsen is one of the oldest and most famous hot springs in Japan. · From Mount Rokko, standing at 931 meters, you can overlook the magnificent views of Kobe and the Seto Inland Sea. 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. **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.

From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden and Temple Visit

3. 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

Half-day Himeji Castle Town Bike Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

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

5. 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!

Private:Full day Kobe City Tour w/Hotel Pickup

6. 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

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.

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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!

I had a wonderful day in Himeji with Chiyuki. Different to the castle of Osaka, Himeji Castle is still original. You can see the walls, defence systems and the wooden main building. Inside the main tower you can climb up to the top and have a beautiful view around the castle and the city. You can do the visit without a guide, but you will learn much more and get a deep understanding of japanese castle with a guide. I strongly recommend Chuyzki. She knows everything about the castle and explain it to you in a fantastic way. At least: Don't miss to visit the castle gardens outside the castle.

Mr Yama was a great tour guide. Everyone on our trip enjoyed our day with him. Mr Yama is knowledgeable about what he’s showing you and makes every effort to arrange your tour to your exact likes and hopes. A couple of things we wanted to do were closed for maintenance and Mr Yama knew what was open and what was closed and offered great alternatives. I would totally recommend this tour and Mr Yama as a tour guide.

Mr. Yama was the best tour guide we could have asked for. Very friendly, very knowledgeable, and best of all very funny and entertaining. Definitely made our trip to Hemiji the best it could have been

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.