For lunch, try some local foods around the area. Savor Oden, a local traditional Japanese dish made by simmering various ingredients in a broth of soy sauce, together with cooking sake, bonito flakes and seaweed. The ingredients include thickly sliced Japanese radish, boiled egg, deep-fried tofu, etc. Dip them into soy sauce with ginger like locals in Himeji.
Sample Itinerary (6-hour tour)
Meet your guide at JR Himeji station and start your Himeji tour. Take a walk from the station through Otemae-dori Street where various shops and restaurants are lined up.
Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle has been acclaimed with its graceful architecture. Recently underwent a massive renovation, the brilliant white castle with five-story main keep and three smaller keeps shine brightly under the blue clear sky. The castle was built in 1609 and has retained its original castle tower and other buildings for more than 400 years, surviving from wars and natural disasters until today. At one time, more than 3,000 castles with castle towers existed all over the country, however, only 12 castles with original castle towers remain now. Because of the aesthetic value of wooden structure and well-preserved architecture, the castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national treasure.
Afterwards, move to the adjacent Kokoen garden, a reconstruction of the former lord's and samurai's residence of the castle. There are nine separate gardens making use of old walking paths around two ponds, a stream, and primeval forests.
After a long walk through the serene area, let's take a break at Souju-an. Enjoy a peaceful moment while sipping a bowl of green tea accompanied by Japanese sweets.
The garden is especially worth visiting in the autumn foliage season around in the middle of November to the beginning of December.
After lunch, take a local bus to the Mt. Shosha ropeway terminal. A short ropeway ride brings you to the summit of Mt. Shosha where the last destination Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is located. Have a pleasant walk from the ropeway terminal for about 20 minutes, you will be welcomed by historical buildings of the temple. It is a temple of the Tendai sect found in 966, having eight buildings and seven Buddhist statues registered as National Important Cultural Properties. This place was used as a location of "The Last Samurai (2003)". Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere hearing the chirping birds and the sound of the breeze in the forest.
In the end, your guide will take you back to Himeji station.
Optional destinations near Himeji
If you would like to visit other places around Himeji city such as the following places, please contact us so that we can modify the itinerary.
Tatsuno -Excursion to the old castle town Tatsuno (small Kyoto)-
Price for this sample itinerary
(price per group)
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|6 hours||64,000 yen||69,000 yen||75,000 yen|
(10% consumption tax included)
Including: Nationally-licensed English speaking tour guide, admission fees, public transportation, service charge and consumption tax
Not Including: Lunch, fee for transportations to/from Himeji Station in case guests come from the nearby city outside of Himeji
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