2-days cultural trip to Himeji and Kobe


Himeji Castle Himeji Castle is also known as the White Heron Castle due to its brilliant white exterior and its resemblance to a bird taking flight. Originally built in the 14th century, the castle complex was significantly expanded during Sengoku period (16th century). Himeji Castle is one of the very few castles in Japan that remained intact for more than 400 years.
Ikuta Shrine in Kobe is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. It was founded in the 3rd century for a festival welcoming back warriors. During the famous Genpei War in late-Heian period (12th century), the land around the Ikuta Shrine was a major strategic point where many battles took place. Tales of these battles are retold in theaters and the autumn festival at the shrine. Himeji Castle
Kobe Beef Kobe beef is a world-famous delicacy from Japan. Premium quality cattles are raised in a special way, resulting in an unique marbled texture and extreme tenderness.

Our last stop of the trip will be in Kobe where everyone can either enjoy a Kobe steak for lunch or the beautiful harbor city.

Program and schedule

Sun, July 9
 - 07:30: Departure from the U-Community Hotel
 - 09:30: Arrival in Himeji
 - 10:00: Himeji Go tournament
 - evening: Checkin at a hotel nearby Himeji castle

Mon, July 10
 - 09:00: Visit Himeji castle
 - 12:00: Departure from Himeji
 - 13:20: Arrival in Kobe nearby Ikuta Shrine
 - 13:30: Kobe Beef restaurant (optional), free time
 - 16:30: Departure from Kobe
 - 17:30: Return to Osaka

Note: This is a preliminary program, therefore the schedule are not accurate. The schedule might also change slightly.

Price and payment

 - 23.000 JPY per person in a twin bed room
 - 25.000 JPY per person in a single room

Note: Camp participants staying at the U-Community Hotel have the option to check out for one night and get a refund of 7.900 JPY (single room) or 6.300 JPY (twin room).
No refund is possible for TTS though since the TTS only offers a flat rate.

The price includes:
 - Transportation via bus
 - Tournament entry fee
 - Hotel accommodation
 - All entrance fees

Not included:
 - Meals

You can pay it together with the remaining amount for the camp via bank transfer or Paypal latest by June 11 (two weeks before the camp).