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Mid tour 1:

Mid-tour 1:
Himeji Castle World heritage and National historic sites in Hyogo prefecture

Course: Himeji Castle, Nadakiku Sake Brewery(Lunch), Ishi-no-hoden, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archaeology and Goshiki-zuka Tumulus
Meeting time / place: 7:00 / Kyoto station
Transportation: Shinkansen and Bus
Time: 7:30 – 18:00
Cost: JPY 15,000
Passenger capacity: 40 (Minimum number: 20)


Himeji Castle, UNESCO world heritage site is amazingly beautiful white castle that was never destroyed for 400 years since its construction in the pre-modern period. In 2015 extensive renovations were completed, and you can appreciate the elegant whiteness as it was in the time of construction


Ishi-no-hoden, meaning a holy shrine made of stone, was an artificial six meter megalithic object shaped like a laid-down house. It has been known since at least as early as the Nara period (8th century), according to a historical document, and is now the main object of worship of the Oshiko Shrine. From an archaeological viewpoint, this might well have been an unfinished stone coffin in the Asuka period; the very end of the Kofun period. You will be overwhelmed by this gigantic rock.


Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archaeology is one of the new-type of archaeological museum, opened in 2007. It provides not only many kinds of unearthed objects serving as hands-on exhibits for children but also opportunities for visitors to actively participate in various activities conducted by the museum. Enjoy engagement with local archaeology!


Goshiki-zuka is a well-reconstructed tumulus of 4th century AD. It measures about 200m in length and has thousands of haniwa, cylindrical funerary sculptures. In front of this huge burial mound, you can almost see the 1700-year-old construction laborers breath.

Lunch is included. We will stop at the restaurant ‘Nishigura’ in Nadakiku Sake Brewery to have a Japanese style meal (Japanese hot pot, Stewed fish, Tofu, Sake, etc.)



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