• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Depart from Kyoto by train for a full-day walking tour of Himeji in Hyogo prefecture, starting at its top attraction: the exquisite Himeji Castle. Then sit down for a Japanese lunch. Afterward, travel to the Maiko Marine Promenade, a walkway that lines the Kobe side of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge — the longest suspension bridge in the world. Travel with your guide by train and on foot for an in-depth experience of these Japanese gems.


  • Full-day tour to Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Maiko, from Kyoto
  • Explore the grounds of the World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle with an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch buffet with both Western and Japanese cuisines
  • View the immense span of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from the Maiko Marine Promenade and observatory
  • Ride the JR rapid train round-trip from Kyoto to Himeji and Maiko stations

What You Can Expect

Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

Your day starts with a short walk to Kyoto Station after meeting your guide at the New Miyako Hotel. Board the JR Shinkansen in the non-reserved section and relax on the scenic 1-hour journey to Himeji.

When you arrive, your guide leads you to Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts more visitors that any other castle in Japan. The impressively fortified 5-story complex features architectural elements on its exterior that resemble a heron taking flight, giving the castle another name: Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle). See the interior and exterior components of the magnificent site with your guide, who shares fascinating details about the 14th-century castle and feudal times in Japan.

Then enjoy a lunch buffet that features both Japanese and Western cuisines.

After lunch, ride the JR Special Rapid Service or Rapid Service (non-reserved seat) from Himeji to Maiko Station. From there, an easy five-minute walk takes you to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Stop into the Bridge Exhibition Center to learn about the world's longest suspension bridge, which spans 12,828 feet (3,910 meters) between the city of Kobe and Awaji-shima Island. Then see more from the Maiko Marine Promenade, an observation walkway located under the roadway and 154 feet (47 meters) above the waters of Akashi Strait. The enclosed walkway has some sections with glass flooring that gives views of the sea below.

Your tour at Kyoto Station when you return by train in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Moiseshai United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Real Amazing tour, traveling in trains and a lot of walking, but really interesting, the tour guide was helpful and saved some walking suggesting us to use a cab from the station to the castle, the bridge is very impressive


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Maiko dinner and tea ceremony is something that one should experience when in Kyoto

Karineh G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Sachiko was wonderful. She was really knowledgeable and made the long walk to top of the castle seem like a breeze! She really went above and beyond her duties to make everyone feel comfortable and enjoying the trip. All in all, an amazing place to see.

Cathy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great day at Himeji, made all the more special by our guide Tyco. She was very knowledgable, liked a laugh and interacted so well. Himeji castle is a magic place and a must see. Akashi bridge is nice but a filler really. I would just do Himeji castle.

Sacha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The castle was insane and the tour guide had extensive knowledge on the history of the castle as well as the importance of the town. Highly recommend as it was an overly impressive structure with great views and impressive locations. Would not have wanted to attack this place.

Constantin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide for this tour was fabulous! She goes above and beyond for her group, she is very informative and she cared for her group. We had a small group which was great, but there is a lot of walking, so be prepared. The castle is gorgeous! The lunch was very delicious also! It was a great day! The bridge was also interesting.

O Lam Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We were lucky enough to have a private tour with our guide Yuki as we were the only 2 on the day. Yuki was an information tour guide with superb english cracking jokes too. The buffet lunch was delicious and throughout the entire tour we did not feel rushed at all. We would highly recommend this tour for any first time visitors of Kyoto.

Breanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The steps up the castle were steep with low ceilings. From an architectural and engineering standpoint the castle was very impressive. We also were lucky going during the winter off season so there were no lines. We did not see the garden because of the winter weather but the Akashi bridge was also a fun highlight. Overall this was a great experience and our guide was both friendly and informative.

Yi Jing T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Saiko was the best tour guide! had such good knowledge, keen to show the group the best places for photos

Megan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is a lot of walking but very enjoyable. Met some great people and our tour guide was the best.

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