Nara is a birth place of the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of spearmanship. It was founded by Kakuzenbo Hoin In-ei who was a Buddhist monk of Kohfukuji Temple in Nara dating back 450 years.It is said that In-ei invented a spear with cross-shaped spearhead inspired by the reflection of the crescent moon on Sarusawa-ike Pond. This tour will take you to the related places to Kakuzenbo Hoin In-ei.
At your hotel in Nara city/JR Nara Station/Kintetsu Nara Station
This practice is available for every Saturday. Special arrangement with the school is required except for Saturday. Depending on the response from the school, there is a case that the practice is not available. Some sort of offertory is preferable for the practice.
Sarusawa-ike Pond is the place where Kakuzenbo In-ei was inspired to invent cross shaped spearhead during Edo period.
Kakuzenbo In-ei's mortuary tablet is enshrined in this temple.
At your convenient place in Nara city
This tour includes practice for the cross shaped spear under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu practitioner at the designated place. If your date for the tour is scheduled for Saturday, it is free of charge. In case of the dates except for Saturdays, I can arrange paid optional practice for the cross-shaped spear under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of spearmanship according to your request. After the practice, I will guide you over the related places to the Hozoin-Ryu.
Let's practice and explore the legend of the Hozoin-Ryu!
hotel pick-up in Nara city
traffic expenses for the guide
admission fee for the guide
traffic expenses for you
meals for you and the guide
offertory to Hozoinryu
I am not a chauffeur. I am not authorized to drive a car with guest.
Regarding the tour except for Saturday and Wednesday, I provide the practice and the lecture on Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of Spearmanship under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu practitioner at the designated place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Prices are 20,000 yen per group in case of less than three persons and 5,000 yen per person in case of more than four persons. Reservations are required one month before the tour date to secure the place for the practice.
We wanted to see a lot in 1 day in Kyoto, so took a taxi some places to save time and subway when it was just as fast. Hiro was full of information and answered our questions (many) in detail. He was right on time. We wanted a Japsnese lunch and he took us to a place with many selections and translated the menu (we were the only Americans there). His humor is infectious. If you want to see a lot with an interesting local, ask for Hiro. AAA+
Dear Michael, I am very much pleased with your prompt and wonderful review on the tour with me. Although it was a bit chilly day today, you and Liz's warm atmosphere made me feel cheerful. Japan is full of interesting spots in rural areas too. I hope you will visit mysterious Japan again in the near future. Sincerely, Hiroyuki
We got introduced to Hiro via our Tokyo guide Yukiko as Yukiko was busy and was not available for Kyoto tour. The tour was arranged within a day’s notice and Hiro was top notch in planning a perfect day for our family. He picked us up at the Kyoto station, made us feel welcomed in Kyoto. During the site seeing, he was very informative with insights about history, and helped us with appropriate stops based on our interests. We covered major attractions without any rush and fortunately weather was nice. Hiro took us back the station to catch bullet train for Tokyo and helped us with buying tickets. Overall, very pleased with him and was a pleasant experience. I will hire him again.
Dear Rajiv, It is a great pleasure for me to have a wonderful review on the tour over Kyoto. I am glad to hear that the tour was satisfactory to you, Piyash and Simran. Although autumn color season was almost over, we were still able to appreciate the remains of beautiful maple leaves during the tour.I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Thank you Hiro for a great day that has exceeded expectations and was one of the holidays highlights for my husband and I. Mt.Koya is off the beaten tourist tracks, but what a tranquil place and definatly worth visiting. We booked the tour on relatively short notice, Hiro was great at responding and putting together a well thought through itenery with helpful recommendations. It was a bit of a journey getting there; Hiro met us at the hotel and then brought us back to Osaka, we are so pleased that he did! He was knowledgeable about the place, culture and history, as well as great fun to be around :) Definatly recommend him for your travels, domo arigato Hiro!
Dear Anastasia, Thank you very much for a wonderful review on the tour with me over Koyasan. I had a very pleasant day with you and Doug. I am glad to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Mr Hiroyuki is patience and the journey was well planned and not in a rush. He shared the culture and history for each place of interest which things we definitely will not know of. We enjoyed our day tour with him and will look for him again if we are going to different parts of Japan.
Dear Lindy, I appreciate your prompt and high-rated review on the tour with me over Kyoto yesterday. I was very much impressed with your interest about the culture and history of Japan. It was such a coincidence to meet with your relatives from Singapore at Bamboo Forest. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future and wish you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Please give my best regards to Dervick and Ryan. Best regards, Hiroyuki