1/2 Day in Kobe – Takuya created a great tour for us and really worked to accommodate my husband’s mobility issues. His knowledge is amazing, I found the sake museum tour fascinating.
Breathtaking Views From Mt. Rokko
Enjoy Fresh Sake & the Famous Kobe Beef
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites
Explore Cosmopolitan Kobe & the UNESCO Castles in Himeji and Akashi
Whether you want to just see the modern city of Kobe or take a train to the UNESCO castles of Himeji and Akashi too, my exclusive tour of this spectacular area of Japan can be customized just for you. Akashi is also well known for fresh seafood and sushi is one dish you can’t miss. Alternatively, you can stay in Kobe and admire the view from Mount Rokko with a delicious glass of Kobe wine or beer. Don’t miss the authentic aspects of Kobe – just 30 minutes from downtown Kobe. Here, you can choose gold or silver water, or even both, for your spa with the ultimate relaxation package at the oldest hot springs in Japan, Arima Onsen. Take a train to Himeji Castle and gaze at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Or maybe you would like to try skiing or sledding down the artificial ski hill at Mount Rokko in wintertime. You could even build a snowman!
Explore the international port city of Kobe with its incredible night view from the top of Mount Rokko
Enjoy fresh and free sake tasting straight from one of 26 sake breweries in Sake Alley called Nada Gogou
See why Kobe is a leading city of foreign culture by exploring places such as Chinatown, an old foreign settlement area
Eat the famous Kobe beef or head to Akashi for the fresh seafood
Spend an unforgettable evening at the top of Mt. Rokko with an incredible view stretching from Osaka to Akashi or all the way down to the south end of Osaka Bay with a delicious glass of Kobe wine or beer in hand
Visit Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a national treasure in Japan
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Full-day: 9 AM
Half-day: 9 AM for the morning tour, 1 PM for the afternoon tour
- 1-1-2 Shibata, Kita-Ku, Osaka. We will meet in front of Big Man, the popular TV screen, right by Kinokuniya Book Store at Hankyu Umeda Station in Osaka.
- Upon request, I can pick you up at your hotel, a pier, or an alternative place at your convenience in Kobe, but my transportation from Osaka will be charged. Please feel free to contact me
All-year, but no half-day tour is offered during the peak season (mid March to May). Please inquire about availability first before booking.
- Full-day – 8 hours
- Half-day – 4 hours
1-4 people (for larger groups please contact me)
- Entrance fees
What to bring in Autumn
- Warm clothes
Recommended Sample Itineraries
My private Kobe, Himeji, & Akashi day trips are carefully tailor-made for you. I craft your itinerary with the destinations which you can’t miss in combination with unique destinations that will amaze you. I can choose these places for you based on your tastes and seasonal availability. I want to make sure that your private tour is a memorable experience.
Please keep in mind my recommended sample itineraries are just a taste of what I have to offer. I will always strive to create the best possible itinerary to match your needs and desires.
See everything in Kobe on this exclusive day tour including:
- Sake breweries
- Port Tower
- Kobe earthquake memorial
- Mt. Rokko
See the best of vibrant Kobe, and also experience the majesty of Himeji:
- Himeji Castle (UNESCO World Heritage site)
- Kokoen Garden (garden attached to Himeji Castle)
- Akashi for sushi
- Kobe Meriken Park
- Nanking Machi (Chinatown)
I understand that not everybody will have the time or budget for a complete day tour of Kobe, so I’m also happy to offer this half-day tour where you will visit these four recommended spots:
- Nanking Machi (Chinatown)
- Port Tower
- Kobe Earthquake memorial
- Nunobiki Herb Garden
Half-Day Himeji & Akashi Tour:
- Himeji Castle
- Akashi Uontana Shopping Arcade (seafood & sushi)
See What My Previous Guests Say
Takuya was an exceptional guide. Planning a day trip for group of 22, ages ranging from 2 to 84, had to have been a challenge. Nevertheless, he patiently replied to all our emails, addressing all our concerns and preferences, and took us on a memorable tour of Kobe and the Mt. Rokko area. Thank you, Takuya!
My parents and I were so incredibly fortunate to discover Takuya-san here on TripAdvisor. We spent four wonderful days with him in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka last year where he served as our guide, companion, and — unexpectedly — photographer!
We had a wonderful day visiting Shoguns palace, blossom covered canal area, shrines,temple, authentic lunch, Japanese tea garden and Geisha area. Takuya gave us an insight into real Japan. It was the highlight of our 18 days in Japan.