English Guide Tour of Himeji Castle

Authentic beauty of Himeji Castle
Unforgettable surprises and impressions with your guide

Welcome to the English Guide Tour of Himeji Castle page!

NPO Himeji Convention Support offers guided tours for you.

Himeji Castle, a World Cultural Heritage in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, is a wooden architecture remains its original beauty after 400 years. It is elegant like a white heron, yet robust and full of surprising traps.

Our guides, who are nationally certified guide-interpreters, will guide you so that you can enjoy the city of Himeji, which is rich in history and culture, including Himeji Castle. How about a luxury tailor-made tour according to your needs and wishes?

For Corporate and Group Customers

Our experienced guides will guide you to your satisfaction within a limited time frame. This tour is also ideal for entertaining important clients, such as for excursions of international conferences or corporate incentives. We can also arrange dining reservations and other services.

For Individual Customers

We will help you create special memories while enjoying not only Himeji Castle but also the city of Himeji with your guide.

Himeji Castle

We offer a guided tour of Himeji Castle. Our guide will guide you through not only the beauty of Himeji Castle, but also its history, architectural technology, culture, etc., depending on your nationality, generation, and preference. Experienced guide will show you the amazing 400-year-old craftsmanship of Himeji Castle.





Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Tour fee: 17,600 yen (tax included)
Capacity: Up to 8 people
*Transportation fee for accompanying guide is not included.

Himeji Castle & Kokoen

We offer a guided tour of Himeji Castle and Koko-en. Koko-en, the garden of Himeji Castle’s West Palace Site, has a reputation for being a beautiful space where Himeji Castle and nature are in harmony. Enjoy the sounds of waterfalls, chirping birds, beautiful trees, and seasonal wildflowers as you walk slowly through the garden.
You can have lunch at Restaurant , Kassui-ken serving Himeji’s famous conger eel dishes, or experience tea ceremony at Souju-an in an authentic sukiya-style building.

*Reservations cannot be made in advance at Kassui-ken and Souju-an. Meals are not included in the tour fee.

Duration: 3 hours
Tour fee: 19,800 yen (tax included)
Capacity: Up to 8 people
*Transportation fee for accompanying guide is not included.

Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple

We offer a guided tour of Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple. Mt. Shoshazan is a low mountain 371m above sea level located northwest of Himeji City. Engyo-ji Temple is also called the Hieizan of the western area of Hyogo prefecture, and the magnificent temple complex of Shōshazan Engyo-ji Temple, the separate head temple of the Tendai sect, is a sight to behold. This ancient temple is said to be a “hidden gem” according to reviews on overseas travel websites. It is a popular tourist spot where visitors can enjoy various activities throughout the year, such as ascetic practices, sutra copying, and vegetarian cuisine.


Tour time: about 5 hours
Tour fee: Estimate separately.
Capacity: Up to 8 people
*Transportation fee for accompanying guide is not included.

Himeji Castle
Immerse yourself in a world of beauty and mystery

Kokoen Garden
Admire flowers and trees from season to season

Engyo-ji Temple
Hike on Mt. Shosha in search of hidden treasures



  • Corporate customers: Cash, invoice payment (may require advance payment by bank transfer)
  • Individual customers: Cash

Important information

  • There are no elevators in Himeji Castle. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tickets can only be purchased on the day of the tour. (Group discounts are available for groups of 30 or more.)
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted in the castle. However, beverages in water bottles with lids or plastic bottles may be consumed inside the building. Please be especially careful of heat stroke during the hot and humid rainy season and summer months.
  • It gets very cold inside the Main Keep during the winter. It is recommended to bring thick socks.

Cancellation Policy

7 days before the departure No cancellation charge
The day before-2 days before the departure 50% of the fee
3-6 days before the departure 20% of the fee
The departure day and cancellation without notice 100% of the fee

Note that the policy does not apply in case of stormy weather or other circumstances beyond the customer’s control.

*We accept reservations up to 3 business days(Excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

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     Himeji Castle Town Tourism Project 

    Born and raised in Himeji, we created the Himeji Castle Town Tourism Project in the hope that we can share our love of the city and castle with visitors from overseas. By using the app you can join us at any time for our favorite everyday walking course and feel as if you too are a Himeji local.