Himeji Castle Tour from Kobe


4000 JPY

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
Local Guru

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 (8)


awesome day
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Wonderful Cruise Ship Excursion Alternative
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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.
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Our tour with Kaoru was excellent. She guided us step by step through the train ride to the castle. She told us the history of the castle which was very interesting and I'm sure we'll remember some of the many details she related to us. We all suffer from information overload when we visit so many castles, shrines, temples and churches etc. but some of it will stick so we can fondly recall our visits. We went to a beautiful garden nearby and then even though it was late, was able to find and reserve a local restaurant that was still open. We all enjoyed the Japanese style of eating (sitting on a raised floor) and tasting the local cuisine. She was very conscious of our time constraints and kept us on schedule. She even squeezed in a visit to the longest suspension bridge in the world ( 5 km) with a beautiful sunset before taking us back to the ship. Kaoru's English was excellent, even with a slight British accent, and we all appreciated her gracious style and that we could ask her anything and she would try her best to accommodate or requests. We couldn't have asked for more.

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Thank you!
We had a lot of fun at our visit to the breweries with Kaoru. I personally learnt a lot about sake making, and Kaoru was very attentive as well~ She also very friendly and helpful, and gave us many recommendations on the places to visit or for meals~ I would love to come back to Kobe again soon!
Best Kobe Tour
Kaoru is the best! Tour guide turned friend. Our experience was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for more. Next time we go back to Japan, we won’t hestitate to call Kaoru! Thanks for an incredible time in Kobe!
A Great Guide
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Kaoru exceededed expectations in every way - charming, informative and delightfully responsive to advance requests concerning Kobe. She is also simply a very nice person and possesses an exemplary understanding of the English language.

I recommend her totally with confidence and affection.
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