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.
- 40,000 JPY
- 11 Hours
- 1~5 people
Meeting PointAt 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 PointAt 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.
- If time permitted, 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
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.
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.
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
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
"Massively Wonderful Research Tour around KOHOKU" with Yoshi, a Licensed Tour Guide
The "research tour" conducted by your guide was perfectly fruitful.
Since I have had an interest in Lake Yogo and its surrounding hamlets, I've been eager to make the on-the-spot research there. That's why I asked your help, since you were born and grown at a small village of Kawanami (the north-west of Lake Yogo) and have abundant knowledge about KOHOKU.
My "research tour" was 2days. On the 1st day, you kindly showed me every spot in your home-village of Kawanami and around the Lake, spending no less than 5 hours. I thought afresh Kawanami was wonderful, walking round the fantastic hamlet and seeing its beautiful landscape. And I felt happy enough to be able to have a good chance to exchange greetings with many village people there. And I was lucky to hear very interesting stories as well about their lives and scenes of olden days from a nice old man who has lived there all his life. On the 2nd day, you guided me around the nearby town of Kinomoto, which used to be a post-station town with a long history, didn't you? You brought me to that historically famous old battlefield, Shizugatake, the amazing view from which I'll never forget. And when we walked around the area along the Niu river, I was impressed a lot, imagining about the days of old hamlets that have already disappeared from a map, due to a dam construction schedule. All the spots that you guided were so colorful and informative. Thank you, Yoshi.
And you've been very kind to take actively a proper care of incorporating additional spots that I wanted to visit, even after the initial itinerary. If I had no help of your guide and did it myself, I definitely couldn't visit such wonderful places. I was fully satisfied with your nice guiding around KOHOKU. Thank you, again, Yoshi!
Haruka san, the "Research Tour" with you around KOHOKU was so pleasant and a good lesson for me, too. I was honored to be with a hard-working student like you. Thank you, From YoshiOct., 28 (Fri.), 2022
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
Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas
Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?
Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodated to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Women's University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia
Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e-mail in a few days. From Yoshi