One day tour of Himeji castle and Kobe Rokko mountain

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Himeji
English, Japanese (Native)
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

Himeji castle is located in Himeji city registered as World cultural Heritage at the first time in Japan.

You will be overwhelmed by the elegant figure of the castle.

Rokko mountain lie with stretching from south-east to north-west of Kobe by around 30km.

This Rokko mountain is famous for the landmark of Kobe and famous for the spot of night view and there are lots of observation areas.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kobe

09:00

To pick up at hotel in Kobe

09:30

To take JR from Kobe to Himeji

This tour include Himejijyo castle and Kobe Rokko mountain to see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama in the distance which is said to be $1000million night view if you see it at the night.

10:30

To see Himeji castle

You can enjoy both traditional architecture of Himejijyo castle registered as World culture heritage in 1992 at the first time of Japan. The architecture of this castle is the masterpieces of Japanese traditional technology which has been developed by lots of Japanese craftsmen. Many civil engineering structures such as large keep, turret, castle gate, mud wall stone wall, moat and so-on has been well reserved.

12:30

To have a lunch near Himeji castle

13:30

To take train, bus and cable car with a little walking from Himeji to top of Rokko mountain station.

Kobe Rokko mountain is a mass of mountains which lie with stretching from south-east to north-west of Kobe and surrounding area by around 30km.

15:00

To see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and wakayama in the distance from the observation places on Rokko mountain.

This Rokko mountain is famous for the landmark in this area of Kobe. This is also famous for the spot of night view and there are lots of observation places set in these area. This night view is one of the three best night view spots in Japan, other spots are the view from Hakodate mountain and that of Inasayama in Nagasaki.

17:00

To take local line from Rokko mountain to Kobe arriving at Hotel

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kobe

What to Expect

This tour include Himejijyo castle and Kobe Rokko mountain to see the overview of Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama in the distance which is said to be $1000million night view if you see it at the night.

You can enjoy both traditional architecture of Himejijyo castle registered as World culture heritage in 1992 at the first time of Japan and the beautiful overview from Rokko mountain. The architecture of this castle is the masterpieces of Japanese traditional technology which has been developed by lots of Japanese craftsmen. Many civil engineering structures such as large keep, turret, castle gate, mud wall stone wall, moat and so-on has been well reserved.

Therefore, this castle is very famous for its surviving Japanese castle architecture that preserve the original architecture structure.

That is why this castle is historically very precious architecture.

You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Himeji castle which is called by White Heron castle because the elegant figure of the castle resembles to a Heron flying away with spreading it’s wings.

1) At the entrance of Himeji castle, to see the castle tower in the distance.

The area of Himeji castle is very wide which is equal with 5 units of Tokyo dome.

2) After through the entrance by paying yen1000 per person and walking up to a slope, you will see the Large gate called “Hishino-mon”.

From this entrance spot, you can also see the castle tower.

3) After through the gate, the path go toward two way. Left side is toward the garden called “Nishinomaru”. Right side is toward main enclosure and the castle tower. You can see the main enclosure and castle tower toward the right side.

4) There exists a long winding slope to reach the main enclosure. A lot of large keep, turret, castle gate, mud wall stone wall and moat to encounter enemy.

You can see around 1,000 loopholes called “sama” from where guns were fired at attackers. Angled chutes called “ishi-otoshi” were also set at lots of points in the castle walls to throw stones or pour boiling oil on attackers.

see the main enclosure and castle tower toward the right side.

5) The castle tower is located on a rising ground whose altitude is 45.6meter.

The height of the stone wall is 14.85 meter and that of main enclosure is 31.5meter.

Therefore, the castle is standing by the height of 92meter of altitude.

6) The main attractions of this castle is to see inside castle tower. Current castle tower built in 1609 consists of one castle large keep and three castle small keep that are connected each other by guard tower hall.

7) You can enter those keeps to do sightseeing and walk up to the large keep on the top floor.

There are a lot of exhibits related with Himeji castle at every important points.

8) After proceeding the tour route, you reach castle large keep.

The castle large keep is built with five stories appearance with roofs and seven stories inside by a first floor of a basement.

Landscape from 5th floor of large keep:

You can see the landscape of Himeji from each floor of the keep by walking up the floors.

Kobe Rokko mountain is a mass of mountains which lie with stretching from south-east to north-west of Kobe and surrounding area by around 30km. This Rokko mountain is famous for the landmark in this area of Kobe. This is also famous for the spot of night view and there are lots of observation places set in these area. This night view is one of the three best night view spots in Japan, other spots are the view from Hakodate mountain and that of Inasayama in Nagasaki.

1)There are two main observation places.

One is Observation Café (Tenran Café) by no charge of admission.

The other is Rokko Shidare Observatory by admission fee of yen 300 per person.

Both above were granted the rank of one star in the Michelin Hyogo version in 2016.

2) From those observation platform located near the station ,you can see the overview of Kobe and also Osaka, Wakayama in the distance which is said to be $10million night view if you see it at the night. There are some restaurants and variety of souvenir shops.

If you like, special event of “Lightscape of Rokko” is held inside Rokko Shidare Observatory from 6:00pm and you can enjoy fantastic art of Light.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000

Total of your transportaion fee during this tour for you: yen 3200 per person

Transportation fee for a guide of yen 3200

Lunch fee for you and a guide

Entrance fee: Himeji castle for you: yen1000 per person

Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo. Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

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

Reviews

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$324/ per group

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