3:30h $ 53 per person
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Be a man of religion in Japan with spiritual inspirations of ZEN, Shintoism and others.

by Junichi
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3:30h $ 53 per person


  • Zen temple in Takayama
  • Higashiyama temple walking area in Takayama
  • Hie Shrine
  • Sukyo Mahikari Headquarter building
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53.40 USD

total price
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

(OPTIONAL) Hikaru Museum .
$ 26.70

What to Expect

Most of Japanese people believe both Buddhism and Shinto at the same time.
In this tour, you will experience different type of religious activities in Japan.

Start from Zen meditation for 30 mins in Zen Temple in Takayama.
Japanese monk in Zen Buddhism can guide you to the basics of Zen meditation practices for beginners.
After the meditation, explore the temple concentrated zone in the north of Takayama town to visit more temples.

Then, we visit one of the most important shrine in Takayama, Hie Shrine in the east of Takayama.
This shrine is the base shrine for Takayama Spring Festivals, and most commonly worshiped by local people,
however, as it is a bit far from town center. it is rarely visited by tourists.
It is worth visiting there, with quiet inspirational experiences with majestic architecture.

Next, we will visit quickly the Headquarter building of "Sukyo Mahikari" Newly Developed religion in 60s in Japan.
Their Main Hall is simply so magnificent that it really worth just looking, not deeply involved in their religious activities.

At the end, as optional tour, we can stop at HIKARU museum. (Except for Wednesday, closing day of the museum)
It is probably the least visited museum among many museums in Takayama,
as it is located in not convenient (quite away from town center), and operated by Sukyo Mahikari religious organizations,
but their exhibitions are so extensive and informative, covering different era and cultural group all over the world,
absolutely recommendable destinations to all the visitors in Takayama.

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  • Zen temple in Takayama
  • Higashiyama temple walking area in Takayama
  • Hie Shrine
  • Sukyo Mahikari Headquarter building


City Gifu

Depart From Gifu , Takayama

Meeting Point At your hotel in Takayama Area

Ending Point At your hotel in Takayama Area

Duration 3:30 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 3 to 6   Flexible
What‘s included
  • Guide fee (Certified English Tour Guide accompanying all through the tour. Communications in French/Thai/Japanese are fluent as well)
  • A hired private van with a driver
  • Pick-up and sending-off at your hotel
  • Zen meditation practice fee.

What‘s not included
  • Lunch/dinner
  • (OPTIONAL) Entrance fee for Hikaru museum (800 yen / person)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many persons can a van accommodate ?

Minimum 3, Maximum 6 passengers can be accommodated by van at the same time.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Junichi

National Certified Guide

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Response Time 21 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )
  • Thai ( Fluent )
  • French ( Intermediate )

Hi, I'm Junichi, a Japanese business owner, based in Takayama, Gifu prefecture, JAPAN. My hometown is Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, and not too far from Takayama. After working in Africa for 10 years for Japanese Government as development aid worker, I moved to this small but lovely town, Takayama in 2015 with my family, and opened Thai restaurant and Guest House.

My wife is Thai and she cooks great Thai food, I believe. We run two properties to rent as guesthouse in Takayama, both a few mins walk from Takayama station.

I am a government-licensed English tour guide(No.EN00086), and sometimes conduct local guided tours nearby Takayama. I drive my own vans for private customized tours. I am preparing some trekking and natural trail tours in near future. The most popular tour is for Shirakawago world heritage village, Shinhotaka Mountain view, Kamikochi Mountain Resort. Guiding can be done in English, French or Thai. read more

Reviews ( 1 )

10 months ago |   by Mark

“ Very knowledgeable, friendly, an has excellent English language skills ”

junichi was patient and helpful. We were late in meeting him but he was very accommodating. Our tour of Shirakawa-go was great. There were 4 in our family group & his van was spacious. I would highly recommend Junichi.

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