(NOTE) Schedule of the tours changed.
The afternoon of Thursday, July 16 is allocated for excursions. Kobe is a convenient place to have a half-day trip to anywhere in Kansai area. We prepare 4 guided tours explained below.
Please note that for some excursions, only a limited number of participants is available and that these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, please note that each tour needs more than 30 participants (in case the tour is cancelled, you will get a full refund and you can choose another tour if you like). The deadline for the on-line booking is June 30 23:59 (JST) or until the limited seats of buses are fully booked. Each tour includes a English-speaking guide service.
Nara —Todaiji area—
Nara used to be the capital of Japan in 8th century. Todaiji Temple is famous for the Great Buddha in the world's largest wooden building. You can also enjoy many beautiful temples, shrines, museums and parks in a walking distance from Todaiji.
- Price : JPY 6500
- Schedule : 13:30–19:50
Himeji castle and city
Himeji castle, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has recently finished its restorations. Known as Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle), it fully shows its beautiful white exterior now.
- Price : JPY 5000
- Schedule : 13:30–19:30
Kobe is known as one of the best places for brewing sake. This guided tour of Kobe includes the K-computer in AICS, a sake brewery, and a free-time at Kobe Habor Land area.
- Price : JPY 4500
- Schedule : 13:30–19:15
Kyoto —Arashiyama area—
The bus will take you to Kameoka, where the Sagano Romantic Train starts. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Hozu river from this small trolley train to Arashiyama in Kyoto. In Arashiyama, you can enjoy temples such as Tenryuji, a beautiful bamboo forest, the famed "Crossing Moon Bridge" over the Katsura River, etc.
- Price : JPY 6600
- Schedule : 13:30–18:45