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Overview

Depart from Osaka by train for a full-day walking tour that visits Himeji in Hyogo prefecture. Visit its top attraction, Himeji Castle, then enjoy a lunch buffet that features both Japanese and Western cuisines. Afterward, continue to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in the world. Walk along Maiko Marine Promenade, a passageway underneath the bridge's roadway on the Kobe side. Experience an in-depth introduction to these Japanese treasures as travel with your expert guide on foot and by train.
  • Full-day walking tour of Himeji, by rail from Osaka
  • Follow an experienced guide on foot to Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and national treasure built in 1580
  • Enjoy a lunch buffet featuring both Japanese and Western cuisines
  • See views from the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge as you stroll its interior Maiko Marine Promenade
  • Ride the JR rapid rail round-trip from Osaka
Meet your guide at Hotel Granvia Osaka in the morning, then head to Osaka station to take your non-reserved seat on the JR Shinkansen for a 30-minute train ride to Himeji station.

From the station, walk for a few minutes to reach Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The national treasure is also known as Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle), as it resembles a white heron in flight. For about two hours, your guide shows you around the sprawling five-story complex. Admire the detailed artistry of the 14th-century castle and hear about feudal times in Japan.

Next, step outside on the grounds of Himeji Castle to relax over a diverse lunch buffet with both Japanese and Western fares. 

Sated, you will  depart Himeji on the JR Special Rapid Service or Rapid Service (non-reserved seat) and head to Maiko station, located just a short walk from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Peruse the exhibits in the Bridge Exhibition Center to learn about more about this suspension bridge, which stretches 12,828 feet (3,910 meters) between the city of Kobe and Awaji-shima Island.

Your guide then takes you for a stroll on the Maiko Marine Promenade, an observation walkway with sections of glass flooring through which you can glimpse the waters of Akashi Strait below your feet. The promenade is located under the bridge roadway, 154 feet (47 meters) above the water, and offers another perspective on the bridge and its surroundings. After visiting the bridge, return via train to Kyoto Station when your tour ends in the early evening.

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R
, Mar 2018

Very well organised trip,train trip from Osaka to Himeji, escorted all the way. Very informative guide. Wonderful tour of Himeji Castle in the sunshine with cherry blossom at its peak! Recommended.

B
, Oct 2017

Great tour!

c
, Oct 2017

Very good, our tour guide is very accommodating and knowledgeable. There were only 5 of us a guide tour so that was good. The castle itself has interesting background history and you better be fit or have good knee because the stairs inside the castle are pretty steep. The bridge was good too. There are a lot of walking though but that was okay. If you want to experience bullet train without the hassle to go there this will be good package as everything is already included yes, including buffet lunch

C
, Oct 2017

We had a wonderfull time. Our guide Suzikukiki was fantastic she had great historitcal informatuion and always made sure we were all together.

K
, Jun 2017

Our guide was great with excellent English. The whole tour was on public transport which was inappropriate considering there were over 15 on the tour. The walk from the station to the castle was 30 mins each way and a waste of time as the guide was unable to communicate with such a large group on the walk. It was also a pity that lunch was not near the castle. With hindsight and having been to Japan before we wish we'd done this trip on our own.

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, Jun 2017

Excellent!!

R
, Jun 2017

Mrs Mijuki our guide was very well oganisted, frendly and very well educaded about this trip and much more!
The Himeji castle is actually a more interesting point as the castle of Osaka and Kyoto, we have see all of them.
The bridge is also a nice place to watch, espacially the view through the glass bottom to the see. EXTRAORDINARY.

p
, Feb 2017

The trip to Himeji Castle gave us plenty of surprise and our guide are very knowledgeable.

M
, Nov 2016

Very educational. It afforded us to have various glimpses of the beautiful Himeji Castle -- from afar and up close-- and enough time to explore inside. The tour of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was also an exhilarating experience. Very good, efficient tour guide as well. The lunch was superb!

A
, Nov 2016

Osaka Castle was very impressive, a beautiful massive structure atop a low mountain range. This tour does require a lot of walking and steps but the Japanesse buffet was out of this world.


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