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Himeji Castle, The Set of The Last Samurai or Engyoji Temple

Hideo Y.

4.44
(112) reviews
Himeji
English, Japanese (Native)
9.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

First, I would like to introduce you to the most famous castle in Japan.

In 1993, Himeji Castle was designated as the first World Cultural Heritage...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

at your hotel ( in Osaka )

Himeji Castle

Engyoji Temple or the set of the Last Samurai

Ending Point

at your hotel ( in Osaka )

What to Expect

First, I would like to introduce you to the most famous castle in Japan.

In 1993, Himeji Castle was designated as the first World Cultural Heritage site in Japan. Because of its striking beauty and elegance, it is popularly known as the "White Egret castle", but in fact it was an impregnable fortress.

The entire castle is protected by massive walls of stones and the individual stones of all sizes are fitted together with superb skill. The path leading to the base of donjon is narrow, winding and runs uphill. As the crow flies, the distance from the first gate to the tower is about 130 meters, but attackers would have to climb a route at least three times longer. This woud confuse the attackers, leaving them exhausted or demoralizes.

Himeji Castle is one of the few castles that still has some of its original parts while other castles were destroyed during World War Ⅱ. In fact Himeji Castle had been in repair since 2009. The restoration work has finished and the restoration facilities are now being dismantled. The Castle will be open to the public on March 27th 2015 (this year!). . . Don't miss it !!

Next, I would like to introduce you Engyoji Temple, where the movie "Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe was shot. The temple is located about 6 kilometers northwest from the Castle. We can take a bus and a ropeway from Himeji station to the Temple, taking about an hour. The precinct has a large Maniden, a big Lecture Hall, Jikido, or which was used in the Last Samurai, and other buildings. You can see a panoramic view of the entire city of Himeji.

Why don't you visit Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple with me?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

・trasportation fee (you and your guide)

・ lunch

・ entrance fee

Important Information

I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!! Thank you.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are ?

We use trains, buses, and ropeways for transportation. If we start from Osaka Station, transportation fee of this tour is 4,280 yen per person. My transportation to Osaka station is 560 yen. Entrance fee for Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple is 1,000yen, 500yen per person. respectively.

Reviews

Pobparat A.

Aug 27, 2020

Excellent guide. Well prepared tour.

He is so friendly and very knowledgeable about local history and japanese mythology. His itinerary was well preplanned. I would not have been able to explore all the places we did on my own. Thanks Hideo san!

Hideo Y.

Hello Pobparat I'm very happy to receive your message. Favored by good weather, we could enjoy visiting Kumano three Grand Shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. Furthermore we watched Nachi Waterfalls with a height of 133 meters, the longest drop in Japan. I look forward to your activities and success in your life. Thank you, Tua.

Arlene B.

Feb 2, 2020

Highly recommended

Sir Hideo is great we finished all the itineraries as planned and very patience with my 13 pax group of tourists from the Philippines.Very informative and accommodating. Definitely will recommend you Sir Hideo see u next time.. Thank you very much

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your message. I also enjoyed guiding you. You all enjoyed wearing Kimono. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Arlene.

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Polly E.

Jan 16, 2020

Highlight Tour of Kyoto

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

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Rosemary C.

Dec 21, 2019

Day in kyoto

Hideo took us from OsK to Kyoto. He was a knowledgeable guide. English was pretty good and his organization of the day very helpful

Hideo Y.

Hello Rosemary I'm very glad to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with Tenpura for lunch in Nishiki Market. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

$287/ per group