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World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka

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World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka
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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
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Departure Point

3-chōme-1-番1号 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan

Departure Time

8:50 AM

Return Details

3-chōme-1-1 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
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 the 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. 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is famous for its beautiful white exterior which was recently renovated. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds as you learn about the castle and its history from a knowledgeable guide.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge. Enjoy walking along the walkway 47 meters above the sea. 
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants (0-5 years) are free of charge provided they don't occupy a seat; no meal provided
  • Please note that public transportation will be used during this tour and seating is not guaranteed
  • Total walking distance on this tour is about 4 km, so please wear shoes and clothing which are easy to walk in
  • Himeji Castle is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must climb some steep staircases
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The tour ends at Osaka Station, and there is no drop-off service to hotels.
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka?
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This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "It’s quite an expensive tour for not much to see and do." See review

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Beautiful exterior
jackierW2619VK
, Nov 2019
Beautiful exterior, but the interior is boring. It’s quite an expensive tour for not much to see and do. The bridge is nice, but not that exciting. The guide was lovely and made the day easier. The bullet train is also an amazing experience.
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star-5
Awesome day tour with lunch!
andrewcE2852UZ
, Aug 2019
Aki was an extremely knowledgeable tour guide. His English is superb and he answered dozens of questions I had. The lunch was great too. Exactly what I needed. I highly recommend this tour!
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great experience in Osaka
Debbie F
, Apr 2019
Himji castle is a highlight - having spent another 3 weeks in Japan after this it is still the most impressive castle we saw - the bridge is spectacular and an example of the technological infrastructure in Japan - every engineer should do this trip
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Very well organised trip,train trip...
Roger H
, 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.
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Very good, our tour guide is very...
cmallanie
, 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
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We had a wonderfull time. Our guide...
Charles P
, 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.
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Our guide was great with excellent...
K F
, 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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Mrs Mijuki our guide was very well...
Rudolf C
, 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.
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The trip to Himeji Castle gave us...
ping-chen w
, Feb 2017
The trip to Himeji Castle gave us plenty of surprise and our guide are very knowledgeable.
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Very educational. It afforded us to...
Maria Lourdes d
, 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!
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