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Himeji Castle and Engyoji Temple in one day. A tour of Himeji’s two most famous sites

Explore a World Heritage Site! Feel the magnificent historical value and the majesty of nature!
This is a one-day tour of Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site, and Engyoji Temple, a site with more than 1,000 years of history.

The most attractive feature of Himeji Castle, often said to be the most beautiful castle in Japan, is its pure white exterior. Stepping inside of the castle, the equipment used for warfare 400 years ago, when the samurai lived, is still present and on display here, allowing you to feel its sense of historical value. There are also many viewpoints of the Himeji Castle grounds scattered throughout the castle, which our private guide will suggest during the visit.

Although sightseeing around Himeji castle would be more than enough for one day, our tour will not stop there, and afterwards you will take a bus and ropeway to Engyoji Temple, situated on top of Mt. Shosha. The temple is one of the largest temples in Japan, and houses many cultural assets designated by the government. The temple is also attracting attention from overseas, as it was used as a location for a popular Hollywood movie about the Bushido spirit. Stepping onto Mt. Shosha, you will surely be overwhelmed by the ethereal beauty of the mountains and feel a sense of purity and comfort.

With our day as busy as it might seem, thanks to our tour you will be able to enjoy both areas without missing any of the highlights, as our private guide will efficiently explain all the main attractions and help you move from location to location swiftly. Let's enjoy a jam-packed one-day tour of Himeji!
What you'll do
You can enjoy the exterior of the World Heritage Site "Himeji Castle" from various angles.

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”. Our tour includes a visit to the castle interior, as well as a walk around the grounds. Enjoy the beauty of Himeji Castle to your heart's content, no matter where you look at it from.

Enjoy lunch while admiring the gardens in the nine different designs of the Japanese garden.

After a visit to the castle, enjoy the views of Himeji Castle at "Koko-en", a lush Japanese-style garden built on the castle grounds. Here, you can enjoy a luxurious lunch, with plenty of delicious dishes, while gazing at the atmospheric garden. Experience the traditional beauty of Japan in a garden where time passes slowly.

Engyoji Temple, the site of a famous Hollywood movie, where you can enjoy the many buildings filled with hundreds of years of history.

On top of Mt. Shosha, 371 meters above sea level, stands a temple with a history of over 1,000 years. Engyoji Temple is so majestic that it has been chosen as a location for Hollywood movies. Our guide will carefully guide you through the temple grounds, allow you to feel the rich nature of the mountain, and the unique atmosphere of the temple.