This shore excursion start from Kobe or Osaka port delivers you to taste the peaceful and beautiful attractions of Kobe and Himeji. Get a glimpse of Edo-style architecture at Himeji Castle and park surrounding, gaze at Kokoen Garden, and take the spectacular view over the huge bridge in Maiko Marine Promenade.

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Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Kobe or Osaka port/Kobe or Osaka port
Highlights: Himeji Castle, Himeji Castle Park, Kokoen Garden, Maiko Marine Promenade
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Kobe shore excursions

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  • Inclusion & Exclusion

Upon arrive at port, meet your local guide and driver to start the trip with the first attraction is Himeji Castle. This iconic castle is also well-known with the name of White Heron Castle due to its simple but impressive perfect white appearance. Not only is the symbol of Himeji, but it is also the most beautiful castle in Japan.

Himeji-Castle-Maiko-Marine-PromenadeAfter admiring the six-story wooden structure surrounded by mossy stone walls bringing a breath of Japan’s ancient splendor days, take a stroll along Himeji Castle Park. In spring, cherry blossoms fully bloom with porcelain white-pink color covering the whole area, creating an unforgettable sight.

Himeji Castle ParkContinue on to Kokoen Garden which represents for Japanese traditional garden style. Was formerly belonged to the feudal lord Nishi Oyashiki, the garden is charmed with a spectacular pond with an idyllic artificial waterfall inside. After a free time sightseeing the garden, enjoy a cup of Japanese green tea in a tea ceremony house while viewing gardens of pine tree, bamboo, and flowers.

Kokoen Garden - Kobe shore excursionsThe trip will not complete without a visit to Maiko Marine Promenade, also known as Hyogo-Maiko Park. Located on the Kobe side of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the first floor of the park is an exhibition of information about materials to build this magnificent bridge. Climb up to the 8th floor to enjoy the little-thrill panoramic view over the log-bridge 47 meters above the sea. After that, driver transfers you back to Kobe port for the next departure.

Maiko Marine Promenade -

What’s included?

  • English-Speaking-Guide (licensed)
  • Chartered car/coach including high-way and parking fee
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • Mineral water

What’s excluded?

  • Other drinks
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses
  • Lunch en route (on clients’ own account)