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From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

1. From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

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.

Kansai: Hanshin Railway 1-Day Tourist Pass

2. Kansai: Hanshin Railway 1-Day Tourist Pass

The Hanshin Tourist Pass will allow you to travel freely on Hanshin Electric Railway lines in the Nanba and Umeda districts of Osaka as well as the town of Kobe. Enjoy easy access to the trendy shops and rich nightlife of Nanba and Umeda. Take a trip to Kobe to enjoy the seaside and mountains. Travel an unlimited number of times along the entire Hanshin Electric Railway and Kobe Rapid Transit Railway lines for one day.

Osaka: Railway Pass & Taiko-no-yu Arima Onsen Entrance

3. Osaka: Railway Pass & Taiko-no-yu Arima Onsen Entrance

Arima Onsen is home to one of the oldest and the best hot springs in Japan, dating back to 631 AD. The Arima Onsen was originally established as a place of healing with a deep connection to Buddhism. 26 different types of baths are available. You can also take part in a "bedrock bathing" experience, to savor the Kinsen (gold) and Ginsen (silver) waters that make Arima Onsen so special. Take advantage of easy access to the Onsen from major stations in Osaka with this combo ticket. This all-in-one pass includes your Taiko-no-yu admission ticket, and a railway pass.  There are two railway passes to choose from: Hankyu Railway Pass Main Stations: Kyoto Kawaramachi, Arashiyama, Osaka Umeda, Kobe Sannomiya Includes all lines of the Hankyu Railway, and the Kobe Kosoku Line (Kobe Sannomiya Station-Minatogawa Station) Hanshin Railway Pass Main Stations: Osaka Umeda, Osaka Namba, Kobe Sannomiya Includes all lines of the Hanshin Railway, the Kobe Kosoku Line (Motomachi Station-Minatogawa Station), and Shintetsu train (Minatogawa Station-Arima Onsen Station)

Kobe: Nada Sake Brewery District Private Walking Tour

4. Kobe: Nada Sake Brewery District Private Walking Tour

Accompanied by a local guide, learn all about sake culture in Japan and the history of this iconic drink. Meet local producers, learn about how sake is made, and visit shops that retain the atmosphere of days long since passed. Nada is Japan's largest sake-producing area and has long been home to a number of sake breweries. It's part of the area known as Nada-Gogō, comprised of five sake-producing districts that are famous in Japan and internationally. Below are some stops that are possible with a typical itinerary. You can ask your guide to customize it based on your wishes. Sawa no Tsuru Museum. This museum is located in the building of the old factory and introduces you to the process of making sake and the old facilities. Sakuramasamune Kinenkan Sakuraen. A facility for visitors is the Sakuramasamune Brewery which includes a museum, restaurant, cafe, and shop. Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery. A new brewery that was founded in 1996. They produce high-quality sake in an up-to-date factory. Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan. One of the major sake breweries. The museum is located in the building of the old factory and explains the process of making sake and the old facilities. Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Another one of the major sake breweries with a museum located in the old factory. Learn about the production process and equipment. Hakutaka Rokusuien. Since its founding, Hakutaka has strived to preserve sake brewing traditions and culture as one of the Nada district's breweries. Hakutaka Rokusuien opened in 2001 as a cultural facility that aims to pass on sake knowledge to visitors.

Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

5. Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

Pre-book a 1 or 2-day car rental in Kobe and benefit from a stress-free and seamless car rental service. Simply pick up your reserved car from the rental office at Shin-Kobe Station, start the engine, and begin your driving journey to discover the best of Kobe and nearby Osaka. The rental duration for a 1-day rental is 12 hours and you can pick up the car any time during their opening hour (8:00 AM - 10:30 PM). The rental duration for a 2- day rental is 36 hours. For additional convenience, you can also drop-off the car in the Osaka or Shin-Osaka Station office at no additional cost.

Kansai: Hankyu Railways 1 or 2 Days Tourist Pass

6. Kansai: Hankyu Railways 1 or 2 Days Tourist Pass

Travel easily between Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe with a 1 or 2-day rail pass. Enjoy the shopping, temples, and nightlife these places have to offer. Soak up the atmosphere in the port town Kobe or eat some great food in vibrant Osaka. Visit Kyoto, with its many ancient temples and shrines, or vibrant Gion, which is just a quick train ride away.

Awaji Island: One-way Ferry from Akashi Port to Iwaya Port

7. Awaji Island: One-way Ferry from Akashi Port to Iwaya Port

Buy a ticket for the only regular ferry route between Japan's main island and Awaji island. It takes about 13 minutes between Akashi Port on the mainland to Iwaya Port on Awaji island. Enjoy the ferry passing under the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, which has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world. Enjoy the beautiful scenery between the bridges. Once you have arrived on Awaji Island, beautiful nature, historic culture, abundant cuisine, and countless hot springs will be awaiting you.  You can also travel in the opposite direction, from Awaji to the mainland.

Osaka Airport (KIX):Private One-Way Transfer to/from Kobe

8. Osaka Airport (KIX):Private One-Way Transfer to/from Kobe

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Kansai Airport and your accommodation in Kobe City Center area. Avoid long taxi lines and busy public transport. Get help with your heavy bags and skip confusion with a professional meet and greet service. Choose between a nighttime or daytime transfer options to or from the Kansai Airport. Find your driver with ease, as they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Save yourself from having to carry heavy bags all by yourself with the included luggage assistance.  Climb aboard a vehicle that is regularly maintained to high-quality standards. Travel directly with this private service. our driver will track your flight, so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Transfer worry-free knowing that you get 60-minutes of free waiting time for arrivals, 30-minutes of free waiting time for departures, 120-minutes of free waiting for flight delays. Let your driver take care of local traffic for you while you admire the city. 

Kobe: Private Transfer to/from Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)

9. Kobe: Private Transfer to/from Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Osaka Kansai Airport and your accommodation in Kobe city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Osaka (Itami) Airport: Private Transfer to/from Kobe City

10. Osaka (Itami) Airport: Private Transfer to/from Kobe City

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Osaka (Itami) Airport and your accommodation in Kobe city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

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4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The way to arrive is a bit long and confusing, but the onsen was great and the price of the pass too