1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Arashiyama

Kyoto: Cultural and Spiritual Tour with Zen Meditation

Product ID: 124781
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Journey to the outskirts of ancient Kyoto to admire the stunning natural beauty of the Hozu river, surrounded by lush mountains and whispering bamboo groves. Visit dazzling ancient temples and embrace the spiritual and cultural side of Japan.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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  • Marvel at the magnificent panorama of the Kyoto and Sagano valleys from an ancient mountain-top temple
  • Get instructed in the art of Zen meditation with a real Buddhist monk
  • Participate in a time-honoured green tea ceremony in a Zen temple
  • Wander through an ancient, towering bamboo grove
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Stumble upon Nonomiya Shrine, a sacred site for the purification and preparation of the priestesses of the Ise Grand Shrine. Wander through pretty Kameyama Park and stop on Togetsukyo Bridge, from where you can admire the swooping cormorant birds. During the summer months, trained cormorants are used in a method of fishing called ukai, where the birds catch the fish for the fishermen. Continue your way up the ancient stone steps of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple, located on the side of a scenic mountain with panoramas of the Hozu River valley, Arashiyama area, and Kyoto City on the horizon.

Here you will have the unique opportunity to engage in an authentic Zen meditation under the guidance of a resident monk. Partake in a traditional matcha green tea ceremony, one of the hallmarks of Zen Buddhist culture.

Head back along the Hozu riverside to the lively main road of Arashiyama where your tour ends, outside the Randen Keifuku Arashiyama station. The station area provides an assortment of eating and shopping options for you to indulge in. There is also a glowing display of beautiful Kimono fabric patterns in transparent tubes, known as the Kimono forest. We also recommend the foot spa, where natural spring water can soothe your weary feet.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Zen meditation instructions
  • Matcha green tea ceremony and a cup of tea
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Any additional transportation

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Meeting point

JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
In case of unexpected closure of the temple, the tour will either be rescheduled or canceled. If the cancellation is caused by an unexpected reason, you will receive a full refund.
Only children between the ages of 6 and 11 are allowed on this tour.

We can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.

The tour group can include a maximum of 12 people.

From US$ 110.80 per person

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Product ID: 124781