Excursion OSA3 - 8 Hours - £190pp
Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 30 km west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.
Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji which is located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.
No trip would be complete to Kobe without a chance to dine on its highly-prized Kobe beef. The most expensive variety of Japanese wagyu, Kobe beef comes from the Tajima breed of cow which must be born and raised in the Hyogo prefecture. Lunch will be at a typical Japanese restaurant and will include one soft drink.
Kobe's Nada district is Japan's top sake (rice wine) producing region. It has long been famous for its sake due to the availability of high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions in the area. Its proximity to Kobe Port and Osaka has also facilitated physical distribution since olden times.
Many sake breweries operate in the Nada district, which stretches approximately three kilometers east to west. We will visit one of these breweries and you will have the opportunity to learn of the sake making process as well as taste some of this prized wine.
- Experienced and knowledgeable Japanese/English speaking guide
- Coach transfer to and from Kobe
- Panoramic city sightseeing by private charter coach
- Entrance to Himeji Castle and guided walk
- Typical Kobe beef lunch and one soft drink
- Visit to a Sake Brewery including Sake tasting