Himeji Private Tour

The White Heron Castle

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Himeji with a Local Guide

Himeji (姫 路) is a small town located at the western end of the Kansai region famous for its wooden castle. Built in the 17th century, Himejoi-jo, is nicknamed Hakurojo or Shirasagijo (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white plastered walls exterior.

Considered the finest castle in Japan, with 83 wooden buildings with a complicated spiral labyrinth pattern in its inner walls designed to lose the assailants and allow the besieged to defend themselves.

The castle is both a national treasure and a World Heritage site. It has also often been featured in Japanese and foreign film series such as The Last Samurai and 007: We only live twice.

Located in the shadow of the castle, Koko-en is a modern garden opened in 1993. Actually gardens is more accurate, as there are nine different types of garden, all based on styles popular during the Edo Period (1603-1868).

If you have three or four days in Kyoto/Osaka or on your way to/from Hiroshima, we suggest making this day trip.

The tour will take you to

  • Himeji Castle
  • Nagoyama Cemetery
  • Kokoen Garden
  • Engyoji
  • Mount Shosha

Custom Tour

Depending on what you want to visit (temples, shops, museums, monuments, etc.) or participate in a cultural experience, we will build a personal tour plan just for you, in line with your interests, travel styles, schedule and other requirements, to ensure that your visit will be an unforgettable experience.

Contact us for a tailor-made visit.

Himeji Private Tour

Rates (group of up to six (6) guests)

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Adult(s) – 15 years and over
Children – 6 – 14 years
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