Together with its surrounding region, Kobe is one of Japan’s leading tourist destinations.
Numerous World Heritage sites are close by – arrive early or stay a few additional days to explore what the city and its surrounding countryside have to offer.
JTB Western Japan, the appointed tour provider for the congress, offers custom tours for the participants of the ISPO 17th World Congress on 6 and 7 October to Kyoto (full day) and Himeji (half day).
Book by 6 August 2019 via the accommodation and tour booking portal.
- Tours will be accompanied by an English-speaking licensed guide
- Tours are available on a first come first serve basis
- The minimum number of participants in each tour is 25 people. Tours will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached by the booking deadline (6 August 2019). Fees will be refunded in this case.
- Payment is to be made by credit card
Custom tour to Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō), also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered as Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. The castle is both a national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Himeji Castle lies at a strategic point along the western approach to the former capital city of Kyoto. The first fortifications built on the site were completed in the 1400s, and were gradually enlarged over the centuries by the various clans who ruled over the region. The castle complex as it survives today is over 400 years old and was completed in 1609. It is made up of over eighty buildings spread across multiple baileys, which are connected by a series of gates and winding paths.
Unlike many other Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles. The castle underwent extensive renovation over several years and was fully re-opened to the public in 2015.
A custom half day tour is offered on 6 and 7 October departing at 12:00 at Portopia Hotel, Kobe. The fee for the tour is JPY 7,800 per person including transportation by coach, admission, and English speaking guide. Please register via the online booking portal by 6 August 2019.
Custom tour to Kyoto
Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence between 794 and 1868. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II.
Today, Kyoto, the ancient capital, with a thousand years of history and tradition, is one of Japan’s main tourist destinations offering countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless sights.
A custom full day tour in which you get a chance to visit two temples is offered on 6 and 7 October departing at 09:00 at Portopia Hotel, Kobe.
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.
The fee for the tour is JPY 13,800 per person including transportation by coach, admissions, lunch, and English speaking guide. Please register via the online booking portal by 6 August 2019.
Would you like to explore a different region? A number of public tours to other parts of the country are available on the JTB Sunrise Tours website .