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Exploring Magnificent Himeji Castle with Unspoiled Sanctuary and the World's Longest Bridge

Kenji M.

4.71(62) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 7 people

Guests can combine any of the following tourist destinations depending on their needs and tour time.

1) Himeji Castlea (magnificent fortress )

2) Engyo-ji temple (a unspoiled Buddhist sanctuary)

3) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (the world's longest suspension bridge)

4) Japanese garden Kokoen (various type of Japanese gardens)

Meeting Point

at your hotel or station

1) Himeji Castle (magnificent and impregnable fortress registered as UNESCO World Helitage Site)

2) Engyo-ji temple in Mt. Shoshazan (a unspoiled Buddhist sanctuary founded 1000 years ago)

3) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (the world's longest suspension bridge with the 47 meters above sea level promenade )

4) Japanese garden Kokoen (Kokoen consist of many Japanese gardens just next to Himeji Castle)

Ending Point

decide proper place depending on tour time

What to Expect

Guests can expect various patterns of combination choosing any of popular tourist spots in Himeji.

As Himeji Castle is a must-see spot and worth seeing recommanded way to enjoy your tour is to combine the castle with other spots depending on your time and interest.

With easier access from major cities like Kyoto, Osaka guests can enjoy full-day or half-day trip from those cities.

The followings are model tours combining Himeji Castle and other spots with estimated cost if the tour starts from and back to Osaka.

(A) Himeji Castle + Engyo-ji temple : round trip transportation cost-> 4500yen/adult , addmission fee -> 1500yen/adult

(B) Himeji Castle + Akashi Kaikyo Bridge : round trip transportation cost-> 3000yen/adult , addmission fee -> 1310yen/adult

If you want to add Kokoen garden to Himeji Castle the addtional fee is only 40yen !! by using its common ticket.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Pick up cost in Osaka, Kyoto city.

What‘s not included

Transportation cost,entrance fee for each facility and meal costs for you and guide.

Important Information

I can customize any private tour if you give me the information of your request in advance.

The tour guide fee does not include additional tour costs like transportation ,entrance fee for each facility and meal costs for you and guide.

As to entrance fee guide will be free of charge as a certificated guide at some facilites.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Lisa B.

Dec 1, 2019

Lovely guide and very helpful!

Thank you so much Kenji for travelling with our group to Kibune and the beautiful temples in northern Kyoto! Thanks for your patience while we took so many photos :)

Kenji M.

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your wonderful review of the customized private tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour while taking so many nice photos. I could not understand your technical terms of photography but enjoyed myself watching your skills and teaching of beautiful photography . Best regards Kenji


Ziad H.

Nov 27, 2019

Mixed results

We used the services of Mr. Kenji for 5 days, and before that I had been in correspondence with him fir many months to plan those days. My experience during the planning phase is that he was very helpful and responsive, and was able to provide a lot of valuable information and options that made the planning experience much easier. On the other hand, during our actual visit there were several mistakes that significantly impacted the quality of our trip during those 5 days and in fact made them the worst in our 2 week trip to Japan: a museum that was scheduled on the day of its weekly closing; our evening with the geishas where we did not get the exact agreement we had; a full day that turned out to be a total disaster due to very bad scheduling (missed the most important shrine; missed the ninja performance; had lunch at an incredibly expensive restaurant while we had a much better meal of better quality and cheaper in Osaka in addition to not being warned beforehand that we can only pay in cash which we had to scramble to get; etc etc..) This definitely gave me the impression that some attention to details and proper planning would have radically improved our experience. So in summary, it was an mixed outcome that could have been much better.

Kenji M.

Dear Ziad, I'm very sorry for some incovenience suffering you during our tours. They are mixed with some causes. Scheduling at weekly closing of the museum was my mistake. As to dinner with gaisha girl performance we booked it correctly through our restaurant but we found it was gaisha agent's fault. We could manage to ask them additional performance through negotiation. Regarding long distance tour to ninja museum and Ise shrine etc traffic jam and inexperienced driver's routing caused delay of our itinerary resulting in missing of ninja show and shorter shrine visit. I might had better to have asked you to start our tour earlier to avoid possible traffic jam. I should have explained the comparison of Matsusaka beef in Osaka and Mie if you don't insist eating it in Mie to avoid misconception. I will improve my guiding with detailed confirmation about key items,adding more extra time for long distance tour and preparation for alternative options in case of prospective trouble to minimize its risk. Best regards, Kenji


Barbara D.

Nov 7, 2019

9 hours to see Kyoto

Kenji was knowledgeable, efficient, and flexible while showing us his home town of Kyoto. He expertly guided us through the Osaka subway and train stations, saving us valuable time we would have spent trying to read signs and figure out our route. He recommended okonomiyaki for lunch at a small restaurant in or near the Gion district and it was delicious!

Kenji M.

Dear Barbara-san, Thank you for your excellent review of my tour. I'm very glad that you liked my home town Kyoto and my recommeded lunch. With the limited day-trip time from Osaka I managed to guide you several major tourists spots but Kyoto has plenty of sites worth visiting and facinating attractions. So I do recommed you to stay at least several days in Kyoto next time to enjoy more. Please contact me anytime if you need me in future. Best regards, Kenji


Lynn K.

Nov 3, 2019

A day in Osaka

Kenji was knowledgeable and pleasant throughout. He made a great effort to accommodate our needs. One of our group had dietary requirements and he sought out a restaurant that met those needs.

Kenji M.

Dear Lynn-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my guiding in Osaka. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in near future. Best regards, Kenji

$265/ per group