Harima and Himeji: Self-Guided Walking 4 Days Premium

Experience Japan’s rich samurai heritage in a region which continues to preserve its grand history, as seen from the architecture, delicious cuisine and excellent onsen hot springs in nature. This premium four-day tour takes in exemplary Japanese inns, and provides exclusive access to one of Japan’s traditional master swordsmiths, affording a deeper insight into Japanese aesthetic and culture.

 

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Harima and Himeji: Self-Guided Walking 4 Days Premium

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Tour details

Harima and Himeji: Self-Guided Walking 4 Days Premium
x1 traveller
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Single room additional charge
USD 1,835
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  • Duration: 4 days
  • Trip level:
    Active
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from late March to November
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: From USD 2,065(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights

 

  • Hike to atmospheric Engyoji Temple on sacred Mount Shosha - a hidden treasure trove of traditional architecture in a peaceful mountain setting
  • Follow in the footsteps of renowned samurai such as Miyamoto Musashi and the 47 Ronin in the castle towns of Tatsuno and Ako
  • Meet a master traditional Japanese swordsmith in the countryside of Harima, with optional hiking to scenic mountaintop castle ruins nearby
  • See impressive traditional architectural structures at Himeji Castle and gain deeper insight on craftmanship and design at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
  • Hike up Mount Rokko and see breathtaking views out over of the Inland Sea
  • Stay in three premium Japanese accommodations featuring unique architectural designs and delicious regional cuisine

 

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Located inland from the Pacific coast of Hyogo Prefecture lies the majestic World Heritage site of Himeji Castle; an essential location for many visitors to Japan and an excellent starting point to explore the wider adjoining Harima region. Further inland, there are excellent Onsen hot springs, mountainside castle ruins and ancient temples that have been the stages for many key events in Japan’s history. Up until Japan's feudal period, the south-western side of Hyogo was known as Harima province (播磨国, Harima no kuni), with Himeji as it’s capital. In the later years of the tumultuous 16th century, the lands across Japan were in chaos and civil war, where powerful samurai daimyo vied for supremacy over the country. This was an age which gave rise to Japan’s three great unifiers - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu – as well as roaming samurai, such Japan’s premier swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, who wandered the lands of Harima on lengthy ‘musha shugyō’ (warrior pilgrimages) to further improve their fighting skills.

Later during the Edo period (1603-1868), the coastal Domain of Ako came under Harima province, and was home to the now famous 47 Ronin of Ako, known for their great samurai valor (bushido), and one of Japans best-known samurai stories. Further to the east lie the mountain-top temple complex of Engyoji temple, with over 1,000 years of history and a treasure trove of authentic traditional Japanese architecture and design. Further eastward, between Himeji and Kobe, lie Mount Rokko and Arima Onsen - one of Japan’s three ancient hot spring towns - nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by red pine-tree covered mountains and numerous hot springs – and once used by traveling monks, aristocrats and feudal samurai.

From this historic period to the present day, the area between Harima and Kobe also went on to play a significant role in domestic and overseas transportation and trade, and further developed as an attractive area while incorporating a diversity of cultures into the region.

Our 4-day tour offers a rich variety of cultural and outdoor experiences, including history, nature, hot springs, traditional and modern architecture, and delicious local cuisine. Our standard tour features four entry-level, optional hikes. Please ask for information about our tour extensions to the mountain-top temple town of Mount Koya with its monastery lodgings, or the peaceful, agricultural community of Asuka at a charming Japanese inn or with a local family for a unique homestay experience.

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What is included

 

3 nights at premium Japanese accommodations
3 breakfasts & 3 dinners
Train tickets starting and ending in either Kyoto or Osaka
A pre-paid taxi on Day 2
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Topographical maps
Local support by telephone
Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan Guidebooks
Optional orientation at our Kyoto office

 

 

 

What is not included

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Flights
Airport transfers
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Pay locally for a bus journey on Day 3
Pay locally for other transportation options
Single room supplement(s) if required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.