One Day Walking Excursion around Arashiyama Park & RAKUHOKU (Northern Region of Kyoto)

 

嵐山公園和洛北(京都北部)一日远足

Please remember that guests may walk a lot in this excursion, especially at the wide Arashiyama Park and several old temples which are scattered about in the neighborhood zone. This is why guests can realize the treasure of the deep and sophisticated cultures that have been nurtured through that long history, only from learning it by walking on their own two feet.

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 by Joan To san
It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories!!

Hi Yoshi

Thank you for everything. It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories. We really appreciate it.

Thank you very much for the pictures and yes go ahead and use as you please.





Hi, all the To san's family members.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the handsome families.From YoshiApr., 02 (Tue.), 2024

 by Mark san & Chison san
An amazing and very memorable experience!

Hi Yoshi. Thank you so much for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will never forget our experience with you.

Yes, we were very tired yesterday. Just slept 10 hours. We got the pictures! If you want to use some for your own purpose you can.

I am OK with that.

Mark



Hi Yoshi.  Thank you again for an amazing and very memorable experience that we will never forget.

Yes, you can use so of the photos for your website. Enjoy the rest of your day and be well 🙂
Chison Boren





Chison san and Mark san, good evening!Thank you for your reply. I was really happy to be able to share our time together. I’ll never forget the nice couple from New Hampshire!Thank you, From Yoshi

 by Ghosh Family
Yoshi, you were a great guide!

Hello Yoshi San,

Thank you for your kind words. You were a great guide, and we truly enjoyed our time with you.

I just saw this email so will attempt to download the pictures over the weekend. It is ok for you to use a few pics for your own website.

Stay well!

Best regards,
Sourav



Dear Yoshi san,
Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures and the great experience in Japan. We will forever treasure our memories.
Best,
Trina

Good day. I thank you very much for selecting me as a tour guide for the old capital (Kyoto & Nara).Though I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide, I tried my best for serving the nicest, handsome and valued guests who cameall the way from the USA.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the nicest family.From YoshiApr., 10 (Wed.), 2024

 by Philip & Lynn Jonas san, Tony san
Thank you for your warmth and hospitality throughout our tour.

Yoshi,

Thank you for sending these pictures and for your warmth and hospitality throughout our tour. The city of Kyoto is magnificent, of course, but having you as our guide made it even better.

You have our permission to use any pictures you took of us on your website. Last, I really like your "back by popular demand" Peace Symbol T-shirt. I need to get one!

Warm regards,

Phil & Lynn Jonas





(1) Philip Jonas san(2) Lynn Jonas san(3) Antonio Thigpen Jr sanGood day. I thank you very much for selecting me as a tour guide for the old capital (Kyoto).Though I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide, I tried my best to serve the nicest, handsome and valued guests who cameall the way from the USA.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the handsome couple and the nice guy.From Yoshi

 by Subramaniam Sundar
Thank you, Yoshi!

Hello, Yoshi. Reached home safely.
Thank you for the lovely photographs. I was able to download them. You may want to use some of the photographs, if you wish to. Thanks again for your help. Subramanium

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Re: Tour Guide around Kyoto and Nara for the 5 Wonderful Families from US - KOHOKU Tour

Dear Subramaniam sanGood evening. (It's 9:40 PM on Apr. 22 (Sat.) in Japan.)I'm so relieved to hear that you were able to download the photos.I was so lucky and happy to happen to serve for the wonderful Sundar family. And I have to say to all of you, "I'm so sorry for my amateurish guidingfor your memorable tour to the Far Eastern Country".Your normal activities will start again from the day after tomorrow. Please continue working on staying healthy, such as walking exercise, ..."Exerciseis a real Polypill!", which is my favorite word.Thank you, Subramaniam san, Vijaya san, Sheikh san and Sumitha san.Thank you, and you have a nice weekend, please!!from YoshiApr., 22 (Sat.), 2023

 by Julie Y
Excellent guide!

Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.

Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23

 

Overview

  • Kyoto
  • 40,000 JPY
  • 11 Hours
  • 1~5 people
 

Itinerary

  • Meeting Point

    At your staying hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
  • Arashiyama Park: Arashiyama Park Tenryu-ji temple, Bamboo forest, Rakushisya, Togetsu-kyo bridge; Lunch: Soba or Udon noodle. By using a private railways
  • (a) Myoshin-ji Temple, or (b)Ryoan-ji Temple, or (c) Kinkaku-ji temple (AKA, Golden Pavilion)
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine: Representative shrine in Japan, enshrining Sugawara no Michizane (菅原 道真; 845-903 AD), who is well known as an excellent scholar, poet and politician in Heian period
  • Ending Point

    At your staying hotel or a place where you think it convenient for your party

What to Expect

  • Let’s walk around some of the best spots in the Northern region of the Old Capital, after visiting the representative must-see spot, Arashiyama park.
  • Arashiyama (Storm Mountain in English) originates from resort villa area of noblemen in Heian-kyo era (794 – 1192). Since the park has such a long history, there are so many places that attract us,…the first one is, of course, that old bridge of “Moon Crossing” over the Katsura river, which was named from the episode that the 90th Emperor Kameyama had composed a poem “The full moon is just like crossing the river”. You mustn’t miss the main hall and the wide “Sogen-chi” garden of Tenryu-ji Zen temple, one of the world heritages. You must feel a kind of authentic landscape of Japan when you pass through the bamboo forest toward Sagano area. You can appreciate the fantastic vista at the park through all seasons, but the best of the best must be cherry blossom season from late in Mar. to early in Apr. Autumnal leaves there, beginning from the middle of Nov. are also breathtakingly beautiful, not only the view of the mountains seen across the river but also at the old temples such as Gio-ji, Nison-in and Jyojyakko-ji temples. It must really be the art of Nature!
  • Another main attraction of the excursion is to visit and appreciate old and prestigious temples, appurtenant structures such as five-storied stupa and Japanese gardens. From Arashiyama park, let’s use a kind of retro street car, endearingly called “Randen”, which conveniently covers the following historic and world-wide famous old temples in Rakuhoku area. These are moss-covered temple of Keisyun-in, a sub-temple of the large headquarters temple of Myoshin-ji, a dry garden at Ryo-an-ji temple, and Kinkaku-ji temple (AKA, Golden Pavilion), which is also registered as the World Heritage. Please select one destination among (a)Myoshin-ji, (b)Ryo-an-ji temple or (c)Kinkaku-ji temple (AKA, Golden Pavilion).
  • If you wish, we can also walk along the peaceful and calm way of Kinukake-road when we visit these old temples.
  • On the way back to downtown of Kyoto, we will visit one of the representative shrines in the old capital, Kitano-tenmangu shrine, which enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane (845 – 903), a renowned scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period of Japan.
  • Please remember that the guests attending this excursion may walk a lot, especially at the wide Arashiyama Park and several old temples which are scattered about in the neighborhood zone.

Inclusions & Exclusions

[Inclusions]

Guide Fee

[Exclusions]

1) Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists): Approximately 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.

2) Transportation (For Tourists and the Guide): Less than 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.

3) Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists): Less than 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum.

4) Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists): Less than 1,000 (One Thousand) JPY Each at a Maximum.

   

Important Information

1) The tour consists of one day excursion, starting 8:30 AM to 19:30 (7:30 PM).

2) Meeting Schedule:

  • 8:30 AM at your staying hotel (Start)
  • 19:30 PM at your staying hotel: Arrive (Tour end)

3) You have to select one destination among the three temples below (from (a) to (c)), after visiting Arashiyama Park;

  • (a) Myoshin-ji Temple: We can visit the garden of Keishun-in, one of the sub-temples of the large headquarters temple
  • (b) Ryoan-ji Temple: It’s most famous for the dry garden
  • (c) Kinkaku-ji temple (AKA, Golden Pavilion)

4) Peak Season: The destination spots may slightly change due to seasonal situation, after getting an approval from the guests

5) Two-days or three-days tour is also available for specific regions in Kyoto, or Nara or Osaka, on your request.

Remark

[Cancellation Policy]
1) Free cancellation – 10 days prior to meeting time
2) 50% Refund – 9 to 3 days prior to meeting time
3) No Refund – Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

 

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Reviews

 by Joe on KOHOKU Tour
Great tour, Yoshi!

Hi, Yoshi
We got back fine.
All of us had a great time. That's a very authentic trip. :)
Thanks,


Good day. I was so lucky and glad to know that you kindly selected the bike tour. (I wonder if you've already left Japan for your home country?) As I mentioned before, this tour was the first time for me. So, I have been worried that you might think all the spots in the KOHOKU area were just provincial and not so interesting. I've been so nervous too,since I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide. I felt extremely happy when I heard the young man told me at Yogo sta. that the tour was fantastic, especially the view from the mountain and the refreshing air when bikingalong the lake. I know the word is quite flattering, but we were really lucky enough to have acceptable weather,since we have almost entered into the long rainy season.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettably good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you. I'll never forget the nicest group.From YoshiJun.17th (Mon.), 2024; 21:14

 by Nancy on KOHOKU Tour
Thank you, Yoshi san!

Dear Yoshi san,

No words can convey to you how much we appreciate all the work you have put in the tour you gave us of your home country Kyoto, Japan. We most grateful for your guidance in imparting all your knowledge of the places we visited.

We are glad that you enjoyed our most humble gifts. The NY Yankee hat and the tote bag was selected because it was a reminder from your friends from New York. And the tote bag was selected because the pictures depicts some of the most iconic buildings around NY. And of course, the New York Times items were related to Lindsey san’s work place. Since we have little knowledge of sake, we hope you will enjoy the home brew one you unwittingly helped us select 😉.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts ❤️ for the most wonderful tour of your home country, and all the time and effort you have put in for us. We will not forget the wonderful time we had together and please stay in touch!

Most sincerely,
Nancy Mui Chew







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I got the message this evening from one of the family members.It might be true that we were really lucky not to encounter any troubles and fully enjoyed ourselves during the 2 days' tour, but I haven't expected it at all to get such a heart-felt mail to this amateurish tour guide.I'm now thinking that a person who has to show an attitude of gratitude is I, not the guests....I mean, thanks to this nice opportunity, I was able to study a lot about the destinations and / or delve into the historical background, which must become useful knowledge for my guiding skill in the future. Thank you for your nice souvenirs to me from NYC, too. I will use all of them with deep care...I'd be really happy if your first visit to this Far Eastern country this time will become a good inspiration to have more interest in its history and culture.

 by Joan To san
It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories!!

Hi Yoshi

Thank you for everything. It’s very nice of you to capture our family memories. We really appreciate it.

Thank you very much for the pictures and yes go ahead and use as you please.





Hi, all the To san's family members.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the handsome families.From YoshiApr., 02 (Tue.), 2024

 by Mark san & Chison san
An amazing and very memorable experience!

Hi Yoshi. Thank you so much for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will never forget our experience with you.

Yes, we were very tired yesterday. Just slept 10 hours. We got the pictures! If you want to use some for your own purpose you can.

I am OK with that.

Mark



Hi Yoshi.  Thank you again for an amazing and very memorable experience that we will never forget.

Yes, you can use so of the photos for your website. Enjoy the rest of your day and be well :)
Chison Boren





Chison san and Mark san, good evening!Thank you for your reply. I was really happy to be able to share our time together. I’ll never forget the nice couple from New Hampshire!Thank you, From Yoshi

 by Ghosh Family
Yoshi, you were a great guide!

Hello Yoshi San,

Thank you for your kind words. You were a great guide, and we truly enjoyed our time with you.

I just saw this email so will attempt to download the pictures over the weekend. It is ok for you to use a few pics for your own website.

Stay well!

Best regards,
Sourav



Dear Yoshi san,
Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures and the great experience in Japan. We will forever treasure our memories.
Best,
Trina

Good day. I thank you very much for selecting me as a tour guide for the old capital (Kyoto & Nara).Though I'm a very amateurish and awkward tour guide, I tried my best for serving the nicest, handsome and valued guests who cameall the way from the USA.I strongly hope that all of your days in Japan this time will be unforgettable good memories.I was so glad to be able to meet all of you.I'll never forget the nicest family.From YoshiApr., 10 (Wed.), 2024

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