1. Japan
  2. Kansai
  3. Himeji
  4. Himeji Castle

From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

Product ID: 392065
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Take a day trip from Osaka by private vehicle for an in-depth exploration of Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage gem that's loaded with history and awe-inspiring sights. Head to the famous Arima Onsen (hot springs) or explore central Kobe.
About this activity
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Duration 9 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Hebrew

Pickup included

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Himeji Castle inside and out with a private guide
  • Visit Arima Onsen, the most famous hot spring in the region
  • Choose your own itinerary and opt to visit a sake distillery, or see other noteworthy sights in central Kobe
  • Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of a private guide and vehicle
Full description
Venture out from Osaka on day trip that gives you history, relaxation, and fun, all with the comfort and luxury of a private vehicle, tour guide, and door-to-door transportation. Customize your itinerary to your preferences and discover the gems of the Kansai region.

Discover the mysteries of Himeji Castle, a feat of engineering and one of Japan's most elegant castles still standing today. Let your English-speaking guide take you into the castle buildings, providing you with stories and facts that make for a much richer experience than could be obtained on your own. Learn what rooms were used for what, all about defensive strategies, the role of concubines, and of course how the castle was designed to thwart invasion.

Leave Himeji Castle and take a lunch break before heading off to Arima Onsen or central Kobe for some afternoon sights and relaxation. Feel restored by the therapeutic, mineral rich waters of Arima Onsen as others have done for over 1,300 years. Sense how your mind becomes more at ease and your skin smoother after the experience. Then, take a lovely stroll around the town, with shops and food vendors pleasantly scattered about.

For those not quite so interested in hot springs, opt instead to explore the coastal areas of Kobe City at no additional cost. Choose from a number of local highlights according to your interests, including a well-known sake (Japanese rice wine) producer, where you can learn how the product is made and get some free samples. See the Western-style area of Kyu Kyoryuchi with its well-preserved houses dating back to the late 1800s.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission fee to Himeji Castle
  • Admission fee for either Arima Onsen or a house in Kyu Kyoryuchi
  • Child car seat (if required)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Towel
Know before you go
• Touring Himeji Castle involves climbing up and down quite a few stairs. If there are members of your party who wish not to tour the inside, there is a nice park area just in front where they can wait.
• Child seats can be requested upon booking.
• If you intend on using the baths, please bring a washcloth-sized towel and a separate towel for drying off (or rent or buy them at the facility). • Please note that Japanese hot springs are enjoyed in the nude in gender-separated facilities. You may use the washcloth for modesty.
• Depending on the day of the week, the hot spring may be Kin no Yu or Gin no Yu.

From £629.28 per person