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Himeji Castle Tour from Kobe


38.75 USD

Visit Japan’s national treasure – Himeji Castle. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a friendly, certified local guide.

Duration: 7 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Japanese
Tour by Kaoru
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Hello!  I’m Kaoru, a nationally certified tour guide in Kobe.  Thanks for checking out my tours and my tips.  I’ve been certified for some time and I really enjoy showing clients around the area.  My goal is to bring you into my community and help make you feel like you’re part of it.  My tours are for people who want to take a step into our local culture.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me so that I can personalize your tour and make your day in Kobe even more memorable!

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  • Visit the striking Himeji Castle
  • Get a brief introduction to the castle’s history
  • Stroll along a local shopping street and visit a local restaurant for lunch

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Let me show you one of Japan's most striking historic buildings on this 7 hour tour.

I’ll meet you at your cruise ship or your hotel in Kobe. We will then take a JR train to Himeji where we'll walk through local shopping streets to the castle.

We go up the main tower and I'll tell you about the structure of this 400 year old castle, as well as some of its history. We’ll also visit Koko-en, a beautiful Japanese Garden nearby.

We’ll have some lunch at Himeji and take the train back to Kobe. If time permits, we might stop by the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

The Himeji Castle receives an average of 10,000 visitors a day and is very busy on weekends and in April and May. Our schedule might change if there is congestion at the site.

Himeji Castle remains in its original state which means there are slopes and steep stairs. There are no elevators on site. If you need special assistance or have mobility issues, please let me know beforehand.

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What’s included & not included

  • Friendly certified guide
  • All expenses of the guide
  • Your train fee (¥1940/person)
  • Your admission (¥1080/person)
  • Your foods and drinks( from ¥2000/person)

Meeting point

Your cruise ship or JR Sannomiya Station East gate, or your hotel in Kobe (Your hotel or cruise ship in Kobe, or JR Sannomiya station)

Reviews from travellers (9)


awesome day
for Kaoru’s tour (Himeji Castle Tour from Kobe)
Wonderful Cruise Ship Excursion Alternative
for Kaoru’s tour (Himeji Castle Tour from Kobe)
We opted for our small group (8) excursion rather than the ship's offerings. Kaoru Tomoyoshi was our guide for our trip to visit the world heritage site of Himeji Castle from our cruise port of Kobe. She met us at the train station very close to the ship terminal. We took the Portliner line two stops to Sannomiya Station where we changed lines to Himeji. The castle was beautiful to photograph and very interesting to visit. Karou provided lots of interesting background on the history of the castle and the construction. There are a lot of steps to climb so you have to be in good shape to do it. She then took us to the very nice Koko-en garden nearby. Afterwards Karou had reserved a very special multi-course Japanese meal for us at a local restaurant where we had a private dining room. It was an excellent excursion! The only thing that could have made the day better is to have made it for the cherry blossoms but, they came early this year and we missed most of them.
A Wonderful Guide and a Great Experience. We would defiantly reccommend.
for Kaoru’s tour (Himeji Castle Tour from Kobe)
This trip is not to be missed. A superb tradtitional castle and gardens which we could visit and view at our leisure, along with experiencing other sights and experiences - including a traditional local lunch and sampling some locally produced sake.

Our personal guide, "K", was wonderful. She was very well informed and provided an excellent guided tour. She was extremely helpful, gave us a great insight into Japanese life and culture and she was a real pleasure to be with.

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A great 1/2 day in Kobe!
for Kaoru’s tour (Kobe Customised Walking Tour)
We cannot say enough good things about our guide, Kaoru! She was very warm and attentive and her English was very good! We visited 3 sake breweries and learned about sake making, the highlight of our day! Lunch was enjoyed at a local market where we shared several local food items, all delicious!
Best part of our vacation!
Our visit to two sake breweries followed by a Kobe beef lunch was fabulous. Kay-san really opened doors for us, to the Japanese culture, sake making traditions, associated barrel making and some of the secrets of Kobe beef. We learned very much with her during our 5.5 hour tour which just flew by. I would definitely go back to Kobe and tour more with her!
Great Kobe walking tour!
for Kaoru’s tour (Kobe Customised Walking Tour)
Kay was amazing. Very informative and attentive to our group. Lovely person to boot and a great way to see Kobe and spend the day.
Flexible introduction to Kōbe
for Kaoru’s tour (Kobe Customised Walking Tour)
Kaoru speaks excellent English if that’s important. She took us on a broad walking tour throughout Kōbe which gave us a nice taste of nature and history, as well as a lay of the land which helped us immensely on our days following in Kobe, on our own. She was flexible and adjusted pour route during our time. We have two teenagers, and Kaoru engaged them in conversation, which they appreciated. Thank you!
Kaoru is the best
for Kaoru’s tour (Kobe Customised Walking Tour)
Kaoru greeted us with her smile. Then she took us on a 3 day adventure from
Kobe to Ōsaka to Kyoto. She
Showed us the sights and told us about local culture And history. She was extremely flexible to our desires and catered to us all the time.
We lunched on local cuisine and tried all her recommendations which were delicious. Her constant smile and desire
For our comfort And education was joyful to us.
Kaoru could disappoint no one . We would recommend her Highly. We made a new
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