Noboru S.

5.00(2) reviews

Available Areas

Hyogo (Living), Kyoto, Nara, Okayama, Osaka, Shiga, Wakayama, Mount Koya, Kumano, Kobe, Himeji, Other Hyogo Locations





Response Time

3 hours on average


Availability Updated

3 days ago



Hello, everyone! Welcome to Japan. My name is Noboru. I’m a national licensed guide. I was born in Osaka and spent my university student life in Kyoto. And now I have been in Himeji for over 35 years. These cities are in Kansai aea. So,I'm very much familiar with the sightseeing spots and attractions in the area, especially Himeji and its neighboring cities.

If you are looking for someone to show you around the area, please join my tour. I will show you special local dishes in the area as well.

Looking forward to seeing your smile soon.


I guide you in Wakayama, Kumano, Koya-san and Shiga if you pay my transportation fee from Himeji.


Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden Half Day Walking Tour

4 hours

Visit the most beautiful castle in Japan! It survived over 400 years and Japan’s first world cultural heritage. Find elaborately designed defensive tricks! Learn its survival history. Stroll in Koko-en garden next to the castle. It is about 3.5ha and divided into 9 different Japanese gardens. You can forget about the noise from the city. Details of my tour can be arranged according to your interest. Extension of this tour (Himeji Full-Day Tour / 7hrs) can be offered. Please contact me!

FROM$152/ per group

Morning Cycling Tour around Himeji Castle

2 hours

Enjoy the morning cycling around World Cultural Heritage Himeji Castle! Find gorgeous Himeji Castle from 360-degree views. Learn more about the Castle and the dramatic life of Princess Sen who is still remembered by citizens as a symbol of Himeji Castle. This tour takes you to her shrine, one of the best view spots. Many fantastic spots for taking photos. Tour starting time can be arranged upon your request.

FROM$114/ per group

Kamikawa Aqua Road Cycling Tour from Himeji

9 hours 30 min

Enjoy cycling in Kamikawa. Located north of Himeji, the town is in mountains surrounded by rich nature. Up the mountain by bus, down the mountain by rental bike, 20km cycling with no sweat! The town is blessed with its natural pure water. This tour also offers you super chance to experience the blessing of the water, Soba noodle making or fresh fruit picking or tasting Senrei-cha, green tea brand of 300 years history or Zazen meditation in mountain temple. Enjoy Rural Japan!

FROM$290/ per group

Tatsuno, old castle town street -Half day tour from Himeji-

6 hours 30 min

Tatsuno is located on the west of Himeji city, about 20 minutes by train from Himeji station. It is famous for its well-preserved old castle town street which has been designated as National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Walk around the street and feel its relaxing atmosphere. Tatsuno is also famous as a birthplace of Usukuchi soy sauce which plays important role in Japanese dishes. Learn and enjoy soy sauce flavored Manju making!

FROM$198/ per group

Takeda Castle Ruins in the Sky, Tour from Himeji

6 hours 10 min

If you are interested in Japanese castles, this is the perfect one day tour for you! Starting from Himeji where world cultural heritage Himeji Castle is located, you can learn and enjoy different type of Japanese castle, mountaintop castle. Takeda Castle Ruin is a national important cultural property (historic site) of Japan and located on a mountain 354m above sea level. You can enjoy a magnificent stone wall, most of which are original and preserved for more than 400 years on the mountain top.

FROM$213/ per group



Mark B.

Feb 19, 2023

Fantastic Himeji Castle Tour

Noboru has been conducting this tour for many years and really knows his trade! The stories he shares of the castle’s history and the intricate details of the design and construction of this fortress are impressive. 5 stars!

Noboru S.

Mark san, Thank you very much for having me as a guide and for your wonderful review. I am pleased to know that you had a great and memorable time in Himeji. I was also impressed to see you are interested not only in its appearance but also in its background. I hope to see you again and your family next time you visit Japan! Noboru

Wolfe G.

Dec 1, 2022

Great tour of Himeji Castle

Our tour with Noboru-san was excellent. We arrived ahead of schedule at the meeting point, but he made the effort to meet us early. The tour started right away, as Noboru-san had things to share about the city of Himeji on our way to the castle itself. There were lots of interesting details about the gardens and castle, but it was never too much to take in at once. We were a group of four, with two adults, a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old, and we had just arrived in Japan the night before. Fortunately, the itinerary was flexible enough to allow the kids to pause and rest as needed. Noboru-san made sure to check in with us (and the 9-year-old in particular) to see how everyone was doing, as there was a fair amount of hills and stairs at the castle. We definitely recommend the Noboru-san's tour, and considered it a great start to our visit to Japan.

Noboru S.

Dear Wolfe-san, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of our tour in Himeji. It was my great pleasure to show Himeji Castle and its beautiful gardens to you and your nice family. The timing was perfect to enjoy autumn leaves! Hope to see all of you again next time you come back to Japan! Noboru