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Hyogo | 7.0h
A Tour to Visit Himeji's Popular Destinations in a day!
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Feel the majesty of nature and explore a magnificent world heritage!


"Himeji Castle" and "Enkyoji Temple", both of which have a history of more than 1,000 years, are World Heritage Sites that must not be missed when you visit Himeji.
The attraction of Himeji castle is its pure white walls, which are called the most beautiful castle in Japan. Also, the inside of the castle still has the equipment used for warfare 400 years ago, when the samurai lived there. You also can't help but feel a sense of historical romance when you see the dignified appearance of the castle.

The tour at Himeji Castle alone would be enough to satisfy you, but afterward, we will take a bus and a ropeway to Engyoji Temple on Mt.Shosya. The temple is one of the largest temples in Japan and has many cultural assets designated by the government. Once you step into Mt. Shosha, you will be overwhelmed by the serene mountains and feel a sense of purity.

You will be able to enjoy both areas without missing any of the highlights, as your private guide will efficiently explain and help you move around. Let's have a meaningful and great one-day tour of Himeji!

Highlights


・You can enjoy the exterior of the World Heritage Site "Himeji Castle" from various angles.
・You'll find all the tourist attractions inside the Himeji Castle.
・Enjoy lunch while admiring the gardens in the nine different designs of the Japanese garden.
・You can overlook the city from the top of the mountain where the temple is located.
・Engyoji Temple, the site of a famous Hollywood movie, where you can enjoy the many buildings filled with hundreds of years of history.

Attractions


・Castle View Deck: An observation deck at Himeji Station from which you can see Himeji Castle. Enjoy the unique views of the castle that you can only experience from this viewing deck, such as the long main street leading to the castle! The powerful image of Himeji Castle towering from amidst the modern buildings is a pride of Himeji.
・Otemae Street: This is the main street connecting Himeji Station to Himeji Castle. As you walk along this exciting boulevard, the figure of the castle drawing closer and larger will surely make you look forward to exploring the castle even more! 
・Himeji Castle: Himeji Castle, a world-famous castle, is both beautiful and strong in appearance, and was the first historical building in Japan to be registered as a World Heritage Site. Its graceful appearance, like that of a heron spreading its wings, has earned it the nickname of “White Heron Castle”. Stepping inside, you can still experience the period style of architecture, which is still impressive to visitors after more than 400 years.
・Kokoen Garden: After visiting Himeji Castle, enjoy the vast Japanese garden built on the castle grounds, where you can enjoy a view of the beautiful Himeji Castle from among the lush greenery of the garden. Feel the traditional beauty of Japan.
・Mt.Shosha Ropeway: Welcome to Shoshazan. In the old days, people used to walk up the steep path to Engyo-ji Temple. But for us modern people, the ropeway is a relief. The view of the city of Himeji from the gondola is exceptional.
・Engyo-ji Temple’s “Mani-den”: After getting off the ropeway and walking along the mountain path, you will reach Engyo-ji Temple. The first thing you will see is the Mani-den, a large building with over 1000 years of history. You will surely be impressed by the sheer size of this structure, built in the middle of the mountains in the days when there were no cars or electricity! The view of the city from the stage is also breathtaking.
・Engyoji Temple "Grand Lecture Hall", "Dining Hall", and "Jogyodo": After enjoying a walk through the temple, you will come to a plaza further along the mountain path from Mani-den. There, you will see three huge halls; these have actually been used as filming locations for Hollywood movies and Japanese TV dramas!

Notes

・Please wear comfortable clothes as you will be walking on a mountain path.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY4,500 /person)

Meeting Point

JR Himeji Station Midori-no-Madoguchi (Ticket office)



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