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Kyoto Mt. Daimonji Hiking Tour -from Bishamondo to Nanzenji -

Koichi W.

4.91(32) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 7 people

Aren't you tired of busy sightseeing spots a little bit? Don't you want to move your body, and enjoy workout on the mountain path with calm historical sites? . I recommend this trekking tour. This tour involves hiking from Yamashina Bishamondo temple to Ginkakuji Silver Pavillion via Higashiyama trekking route and Mt. Daimonji with its panoramic view.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

JR Kyoto Station

Breathtaking view from eastern mountains(Mt.Daimonji)

Trekking in eastern mountains through small valley from Bishamondo temple

Ginkakuji (Silver pavilion)

Walking along the Philosopher's Path from Silver Pavilion to Nanzenji Temple

Bishamondo Temple, which is one of the special temples serving royalty and nobles

Ending Point

Nanzenji temple or Ginkakuji temple (depending on the fitness level of your group and the weather conditions)

What to Expect

Bishamondo Temple is one of the special temple serving royalty and nobles. It is named Bishamondo temple because it is said to enshrine one of four deities protecting four directions. This temple is also known for having divine favor for prosperous business and safety in the home.Many worshipers visit during the cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons. At the huge fire place of Mt. Daimonji, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of whole city Kyoto. Here is also famous place for “Sending off the spirits fire” on the last day of “Obon” Buddhist festival.

The famous Ginkakuji temple is located at the foot of Mt.Daimonji. This temple is designated as one of the UNESCO’s world cultural heritage sites. Buildings called Ginkaku and Togudo are the original structures which date back to the 16th century. It also has a very beautiful Japanese pond strolling style garden. These are the symbols of Japanese traditional rustic beauty called”Wabi-Sabi”.

After walking through the Philosopher’s path and Eikando temple, you will find the huge wooden gate called Sanmon at Nanzenji temple.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

-My services as your Tour Guide

-My transportation fare

* This tour might be extended due to various circumstances such as weather conditions etc. In such case, I would NOT charge any extra guide fee.

What‘s not included

-Transportation fare (JR train: 180JPY from Kyoto Sta. to Yamashina Sta.)

-"Bento" Boxed Lunch,drinks, and snacks

-Entrance fees (Bishamon-do(500JPY) temple and Ginkakuji(600JPY) temple) *If you like to enter.

-Personal expenses

-Taxi fare from Nanzenji or Ginkakuji *If Taxi is needed.

Important Information

I recommend you should wear sneakers or hiking shoes and bring a rain wear or an umbrella in case of shower, and also bring some bottles of water and snacks to appease your thirst and hunger temporarily sine we will walk about 4 hours in mountainous area maximum height is 470 meters above sea level.

You can have "Onigiri" rice ball lunch or sandwiches on the mountain if you like. Some good portable boxed lunches and bottles of drink are sold at Kyoto station. If you hope,I can serve you a cup (my handmade) of regular coffee or tea during the tour.

There is no restroom during mountainous area from Bishamondo to Ginkakuji.

Nanzenji is our tour's goal, but depending on the fitness level of your group and the weather conditions, Ginkakuji might be our goal.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Khor S.

Dec 22, 2019

Very Professional and Kind Guide

We, family of 5, engaged Koichi for 2 days in Osaka and Kyoto. Taking a public transport with someone on wheelchair always needs extra time and sometimes can be challenging. Koichi is very familiar with the train routes and he knows where the lifts in the train station are located. He always came prepared with a plan of the places that we wanted to go and explained all the background/history well. Furthermore, he knows where the good spots for photos are and helped us take many nice pictures. Overall, he is a fun and caring guy and took care of all our needs. Without him, we would not have been able to visit so many places in 2 days. Thanks, my friend, Koichi!

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Anna F.

Nov 27, 2019

Kind, generous, thoughtful and fun guide....highly recommend

Koichi gave our family a day we wont forget. His thoughtful itinerary kept the day fun and interesting. We never went in and out the same way to any area - he took us on interesting side streets or along beautiful waterways. We even stopped at a great mochi place and a very old green tea restaurant. Koichi was interesting; always having explanations backed up with pamphlets to help us understand anything we had questions about about. We enjoyed our time and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Koichi W.

Hi! Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I was also able to have a pleasant time with you , your husband and lovely cute daughters. Well, I will never forget your face when I ate a chocolate ball like a deer’s poop in Nara park. That was very fun! Anyway I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again, Anna san.

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Suzanne S.

Nov 5, 2019

Superb guide, friendly and knowledgeable

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Koichi and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a guide. We had 7 hours in Osaka and we communicated prior to our arrival on how best to plan our time there. We visited Osaka castle, Shitennoji Buddhist temple and beautiful gardens and a tea ceremony at Maikoya. Koichi found us a great place to have some “Japanese fast food”, udon noodles and tempura. We were a party of six and included in the group was my mother who has limited mobility. Koichi was patient and understanding and and I truly appreciate that he sought out the use of elevators and slopes for her to use on the public transport and at tourist sights. Koichi is easy to understand and happy to show tourists around his beautiful country, he even brought us origami cranes that his wife made for us all. I appreciate the fact that Koichi included his transportation fees in the itinerary and I was able to prepay that. Thank you Koichi for taking photos along the way...we will always remember our time in Osaka with you. Next time we come to Japan we will book you for a tour of Kyoto.

Frederick J.

Nov 4, 2019

A great guide for Nara and Kyoto

We were very pleased with Koichi as our guide for a day in Nara and another in Kyoto. He was knowledgeable, energetic, flexible, attentive - and kind! - and escorted us to many fascinating and beautiful sights over the two days that we hired him. He is well-educated, speaks English well, and has diverse life experiences which broaden his guiding capabilities. Highly recommended!

Koichi W.

Hi! Frederick san, Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I was able to have a great time with you. Well, During the tour I was amazed by your enthusiasm for photography. If I have a chance to attend you, I would like to show you more interesting places where you might be interested in.

$187/ per group

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