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Experience of Monk's Life at National Treasure Temple in Hyogo

Experience of Monk's Life at National Treasure Temple in Hyogo

【OUTLINE】 Experience the real monk's life at National Treasure "Kakurinji Temple" established over 1400 years ago. You relax by Zen meditation, Shakyo and Zazen at a private Ozashiki (room with tatami mats). Local Vegetarian Budhist cuisine. "Shojin Ekogawa Hot Pot" and local sake are optional. Please check out their original items too! 【HIGHLIGHTS】 A monk shows you the temple that has more 1400 years history and is national treature. Private plan only one group a day is available at Ozashiki (a room with tatami mats) overlooking a Japanese garden Get your work printed on a T-shirt or a tote bag and take it home. (Option) A child-friendly Shabutsu (copying Buddhist images) experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.75
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$82.75
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Genuine tea ceremony experience plan

Genuine tea ceremony experience plan

The traditional tea ceremony is an important part of Japanese culture, but it can be difficult for outsiders to join in with an authentic experience. This Osaka tour introduces you to the traditions surrounding Japanese tea and allows you to try your hand at serving the tea while dressed in a kimono.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.93
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$74.93
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Kobe Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kobe Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

"This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kobe! Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Compact and designed for walking, it is easily visited as a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the city's distinct atmosphere and dining options! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history."
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$127.09
Price varies by group size
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$127.09
Price varies by group size
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Himeji Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Himeji Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Himeji! Himeji is home to Japan's biggest and best-preserved feudal-era castle, Himeji-jo. Its white-plaster facade and elegant presence earned it the nickname Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle). Widely considered Japan's finest castle, it is worthy as the focus of a day trip to the area. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.67
Price varies by group size
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$101.67
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Himeji Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Himeji Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Himeji! Himeji is home to Japan's biggest and best-preserved feudal-era castle, Himeji-jo. Its white-plaster facade and elegant presence earned it the nickname Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle). Widely considered Japan's finest castle, it is worthy as the focus of a day trip to the area. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$127.09
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$127.09
Price varies by group size
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Kobe Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kobe Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kobe! Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Compact and designed for walking, it is easily visited as a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the city's distinct atmosphere and dining options! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.67
Price varies by group size
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$101.67
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour - Discover the History of the Great Earthquake - Revived Kobe

Private Tour - Discover the History of the Great Earthquake - Revived Kobe

Kobe is a city with many attractive tour spots, beautiful architecture, and cuisines. Did you know it is a city that experienced the Hanshin-Awaji great earthquake 20 years ago? Today the city is refined, with no traces of the earthquake left. What was the road to recovery? Let's find out on this tour! First, learn about the magnitude of the earthquake, impact on society and about disaster prevention. We will visit spots such as Ikuta Jinja, Nankincho and Kobe Port to see what happened back then, and how the city has recovered. Experience this tour that will make you feel even more thankful for everyday life!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.25
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$137.25
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Private Tour - Tracing the Quaintness Nature and Traditional Crafts in Kobe

Private Tour - Tracing the Quaintness Nature and Traditional Crafts in Kobe

Kobe is known as an international port city, but it is also known as a place that reminds us of nature and conveys traditions. This tour will take you to see the craftsmanship and cultures nurtured in Kobe, as well as the nature that shows its expression in each of the four seasons. First, you will visit Nunobiki Falls, known as one of the three most sacred waterfalls in Japan, where you can feel the majestic activity of nature. At the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, you can experience and learn about the carpentry techniques that have supported the development of Japan. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Sorakueb Garden, a quaint place with a perfect blend of nature, tradition, and Japanese and Western culture. We will provide you with a day to rediscover the charm of Kobe by experiencing the nature and traditions scattered throughout the city.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.92
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$116.92
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Private Tour - Learn How to Make sake, and Taste it! Discover sake Culture!

Private Tour - Learn How to Make sake, and Taste it! Discover sake Culture!

Do you like alcohol? What type? The Japanese love to drink, beer, whisky, shochu etc. Of course some people do not enjoy drinking as much. This tour highlights the sake spots! This time we will visit Hyogo, a residential area a little off the center of Kobe. It has been famous for alcohol for many years, and to this day it is where the most alcohol is made in Japan. On this tour we will take you to a recommended sake brewery where you will learn about the history of sake. Of course you can enjoy the tasting! You will also visit other spots where you can feel the lives of the Japanese. Maybe you can experience the Japanese way of drinking? Why not discover a new charm to sake?
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.75
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$106.75
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Private Tour - Experience Hot Spring Culture of 1400 years - Arima Onsen

Private Tour - Experience Hot Spring Culture of 1400 years - Arima Onsen

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Old townscapes with a calm atmosphere, pleasant hot springs...Japan's old-fashioned resort from 1400 years ago, your otomo guide will show you this charming, hot spring town! For what purpose do you think the Japanese go to hot springs? Of course sightseeing, but some come for curing sickness and injuries. There were even times when artists came before their submission due dates. Visit places with steaming hot springs, try walking the maze like roads of this town, go to a stylish cafe where the geisha awaits, and a ryokan where writers would stay all night. Why don't you experience a slightly different way of spending time at a hot spring?
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.67
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$101.67
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Private Tour - Tour by the Sea! Stars! Worlds Largest Suspension Bridge!

Private Tour - Tour by the Sea! Stars! Worlds Largest Suspension Bridge!

Welcome to the seaside town, Akashi! Experience a romantic cycle along the longest bridge in the world, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. First, we will rent a bicycle and head for the Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and spot some trendy cafes. If you admire the sea long enough you will feel the romanticism Akashi has to offer. At the foot of the bridge, take a visit to the memorial hall of Magofumi, the founding father of China. Admire the same scenery he saw as he was pursued by his country and burnt during the revolution in Japan. Finally, visit the Akashi Municipal Astronomical Science Museum, and enjoy the planetarium. Want to experience the rich nature and scenery? Your tour starts here!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$142.34
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$142.34
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Private Tour - Visit Popular and Innovative Industries Established in Kobe!

Private Tour - Visit Popular and Innovative Industries Established in Kobe!

Having flourished as a port city with Kobe Port, Kobe has many industries! It is a unique city where you can learn about different industries such as coffee, sports goods, iron and steel, and sake! You will first visit the UCC COFFEE MUSEUM and discover the secret how Japan changed the way people in the world drink coffee and at Asics Sports Museum you might be able to touch the real shoes famous sports players actually used! You will also learn about the Japanese iron and steel industry through some exercise! And at the end of this tour, you will visit a museum of one of the most famous sakes in Japan! Don’t forget to book your tour to explore industries in Kobe that changed Japan!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.92
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$116.92
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Private Tour - Stroll Around an Art Town in Kobe with Many Architectures

Private Tour - Stroll Around an Art Town in Kobe with Many Architectures

How about spending an elegant time in a retro western building? Kobe has been flourishing as a port town since about 1000 years ago, and especially from around 200 years ago, it started to receive the western culture. There are still many buildings made from brick and stone built by wealthy men and large companies in the last century. You will visit the famous tourist spots among those historical buildings on this tour! Each of the spots is unique such as a red western building in a Japanese garden and a building with a beautiful contrast of green and white. Your otomo guide will tell you about the historical backgrounds of the buildings! Don’t forget to book your tour!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.00
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$122.00
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PrivateTour - A Fashionable Up-to-Date Tour for Girls in Kobe!

PrivateTour - A Fashionable Up-to-Date Tour for Girls in Kobe!

What do you think of the city of Kobe? Most Japanese would answer “a fashionable city” because of its fashionable variety stores, cafés, and the town with photogenic western buildings. There are many goods with designs unique to Kobe which will be a great souvenir for yourself or friends. You will also like the cute jewellery-like sweets! It is not easy to find and visit photogenic spots, variety stores, and cafés but on this tour, you have your otomo guide who will take you to these spots! There is also no worries about the difference between language! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit photogenic fashionable spots, with your otomo guide!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.84
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Private Tour - Anime Tourism:

Private Tour - Anime Tourism: "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

Let’s go on a tour to visit the real-life places of the huge succeeded anime all over the world, ”The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”. You will visit Nishinomiya and Koyoen, which are the places where the author grew up. Since it is his hometown, there are a lot of spots you want to visit that are described in the anime. You will first visit the station where the SOS Brigade used to hook up. The cafe of which they were regulars is busy with Haruhi fans so you might find a mate to have a chat over the anime. You will experience a daily life in Japan that you saw in the anime including the school SOS Brigade attended to. Visit the world of Haruhi with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.67
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Himeji Castle Half Day Walking Tour

Himeji Castle Half Day Walking Tour

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-Get insights into History of Himeji Castle from a local guide- Discover its beauty and wonder. You will enter the castle and learn about its rich history as well as Japanese culture. Enjoy gazing outside its windows which offers a delightful view of the city. -Venture into Kokoen Garden & Experience Japanese tea ceremony- We'll head to the Kokoen garden where you can bask in the beauty of a Japanese style garden. Along the way, we will also stop by for a tea ceremony, you can try out Matcha(Japanese tea) and unwind while enjoying the surrounding nature. -Enjoy the beautiful view of Himeji Castle from an observatory- We'll head to an viewing observatory where you can view Himeji castle. Climb the steps and behold the beauty of Himeji castle, looking at a castle in the sky. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.27
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$74.27
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Aizome Traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing Workshop in Himeji

Aizome Traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing Workshop in Himeji

Experience Aizome dyeing in the castle town of Himeji and bring home your own special Aizome item that will add some japanese flair to you life. Aizome is traditional indigo dyeing that has long been loved by Japanese people. In recent years, Aizome products such as jeans and bags are enjoying global popularity, thanks to its anti-bacterial and insect repellent properties, not to mention the stunning deep blue hue, also known as "Japan blue". In this 2-hour workshop held at a traditional Japanese merchant house brimming with historic charm, you can create your own Aizome reusable bag or stoles with the expert help of an experienced and dedicated instructor. Or better yet, if you bring your own stuff such as a bandana or a t-shirt, you can dye it "Japan blue". This is a perfect little activity to participate in on your way to or from the world heritage site, Himeji Castle. *If you want a custom timeslot, feel free to contact us.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.55
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Learn the art of self-defense of samurai from the acting master of Tendo-ryu

Learn the art of self-defense of samurai from the acting master of Tendo-ryu

Itami City is home to the headquarters of the All Japan Naginata Federation and the dojo with over 200 years of history. Itami is attracting attention as the center of Naginata. Why not immerse yourself in the world of the popular manga and film "Asahinagu"? People of all ages can enjoy practicing Naginata and handling the Naginata spear, which is taller than a person. Learn the culture of Naginata, which, along with Kendo and Judo, is one of Japan’s classical martial arts. You will be able to get in touch with the spirituality of martial arts by acquiring the basics of Naginata. Wear dougi (Naginata uniform) and take photos!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.45
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5 Hours of Hiking in Kobe and Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience in Nature

5 Hours of Hiking in Kobe and Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience in Nature

Hike Mt. Rokko with a National Licensed Guide Interpreter, who is also a tea ceremony instructor. The walk includes visits to Buddhist temples and a waterfall. The highlights of the tour are "Zen Meditation" and "Tea Ceremony" experience out in nature. You can feel the Japanese traditional philosophy of "Being one with nature" throughout the tour. ・5 hours of hiking at Mt. Rokko, one of the most famous mountains in Japan, located close to Kyoto and Osaka. ・Stopping at attractive places: unexplored temples and a representative waterfall in Kobe. ・Experiences of “Zen Meditation” and “Tea Ceremony”! You can feel the Japanese traditional philosophy of “Being one with nature”. ・Tea ceremony master, who is also a National Licensed Guide Interpreter, will guide you. ・You will have an unforgettable trip of off-the-beaten-track Japan that other tourists cannot have.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$296.54
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Scent bag making workshop

Scent bag making workshop

Scent bag making workshop! Enjoy carrying your favorite fragrance with you anywhere you go♪ Around the 6th century, incense was introduced to Japan along with Buddhism. Why don’t you enjoy making incense in Awaji Island, which produces the most incense in Japan? You can make your original scent bag by mixing your favorite fragrances and putting it in Kinchaku, a Japanese-style drawstring bag♪ The size of the bag is suitable for carrying about with you, so you can feel relaxed with the fragrance when you are tired.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.81
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Work with our incense artisans

Work with our incense artisans

Let’s make senko, an incense stick, with our artisans! Around the 6th century, incense was introduced to Japan along with Buddhism. Why don’t you enjoy making incense in Awaji Island, which produces the most incense in Japan? Senko is a kind of incense and a long slender stick. We would like you try your hand at making an incense, which is very difficult even for artisans.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.81
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Incense Making Workshop

Incense Making Workshop

Let’s make your own incense! Around the 6th century, incense was introduced to Japan along with Buddhism. Why don’t you enjoy making incense in Awaji Island, which produces the most incense in Japan? You can choose not only fragrances but also colors and shapes you like, and enjoy your original incense making.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.81
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Hyogo Scenic Open-air Bath and Sea Bream 'Ikizukuri' Lunch Plan

Hyogo Scenic Open-air Bath and Sea Bream 'Ikizukuri' Lunch Plan

【OUTLINE】 You can enjoy the onsen hot spring and fresh sea bream dish at Uzushio Onsen Umemaru Hotel in Awaji Island. The hotel commands a whole view of the Naruto Strait where you can appreciate the spectacular scenery. Uzushio Onsen is popular as a 'Bijin-no-yu' (a hot spring of beauty) and is expected to have the effect of beautifying your skin. And the plan includes a lunch featuring the local specialty of sea bream 'Ikizukuri' (sashimi made from live bream) and traditional dishes from Awaji Island. Lunch is eaten in a special private room in a relaxed atmosphere. As an option, you can try the ceramic art. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 Uzushio Onsen is full of sodium bicarbonate and good for beauty and health. The open-air bath commands a whole view of the Naruto Strait and Oonarutokyo Bridge. Sea bream 'ikizukuri' course, the signature dish of Umemaru Seasonal dishes using seafood from the Seto Inland Sea and fresh ingredients from Awaji Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.63
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Around Himeji Castle Rental Furisode Selected by a Professional Kimono Dealer

Around Himeji Castle Rental Furisode Selected by a Professional Kimono Dealer

【OUTLINE】 You can rent Furisode, a long-sleeved kimono, at a kimono fabrics shop which is a 2 -minute walk from Himeji Castle. Everything necessary for Furisode is ready for you! You will be fully dressed up with a simple hair arrangement in only 30 minutes. Leaving your luggage at the shop, you can travel light in the World Heritage Himeji Castle. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Choose your favorite Furisode with a professional kimono fabric dealer ・The ideal location for a walk in kimono, a 2-minute on foot from the World Heritage Himeji Castle ・High quality kimono that only kimono specialty shop can offer ・Hair ornament, sandals, bag and shawl can be used free of charge ・Dressing with a simple hair arrangement is ready in only 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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