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

by Koichi
(25) Reviews
6h $ 195 Price up to 7 people

Highlights

  • 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
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Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

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. read more

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.
Meeting Point
JR Kyoto Station
Ending Point
Nanzenji temple or Ginkakuji temple (depending on the fitness level of your group and the weather conditions)
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM , 08:30 AM , 09:00 AM
Number of people
up to 7 people

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 25 )
Ian Ian Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Super personalised tour to Shigaraki pottery village. ”

Koichi was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local areas we visited. The tour was faultless throughout and was the realisation of a dream come true for me. During our tour we had a brilliant lunch suggested to us by Koichi and we visited several places which were not on our original plan, but made the day even more enjoyable. A super highlight was when Koichi suggested we stop at a local supermarket where he purchased a bottle of his favourite local sake for us to sample. Yum!! Thank you Koichi for such a wonderful day. Ian and Leanne

Koichi:

Hi! Ian san, Thank you for your wonderful comments for me. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure! I hope to see your fine works that you made on the tour day. Well, have you contacted the kiln where we visited? They told us that today would be the firing day. I’m looking forward to meeting you again. Koichi

Donna Donna United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Our amazing day with Koichi san! ”

We could not have had a better guide for our day in Kyoto than Koichi san! From our initial contact he planned a wonderful day for us and accommodated our special request for a vegetarian lunch. He met us early at our hotel and we started our adventure. Mid-morning he accommodated our impromptu request to visit Arashiyama Monkey Park, which was a highlight for us, especially our daughter. He even helped my daughter get her first goshuincho book and first (of many) goshuins. He explained culture and history and taught us how to properly do the purification ritual at temples/shrines. And he took so many wonderful family photos for us! Another highlight of our time with him was an amazing lunch at the restaurant at Ryoanji Temple. We ate Yudofu in a tatami room that look out onto a beautiful ... read more

Koichi:

Hi! Donna san. Thank you for writing me such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. I'm so happy to have been your guide. I think we were very lucky since we could see beautiful cherry blossoms for that time of the season. I would like to have a chance to guide you next time too. I really hope to see you in the near future. Koichi

Charles Charles United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Spent 4 days in Kyoto area. Could not have been better. ”

From the first contact by email I knew we would be in good hands. Koichi helped me decide on activities for each day based on his extensive knowledge of the area and his quick grasp of what my wife and I would want to see. On our 4 days together we could not ask for a better experience. He is knowledgeable, a very careful driver and was very considerate of our interests, adding things to our original plan. He has a wonderful disposition.

Koichi:

Thank you for your wonderful comment for me. Charles san! I am very happy you enjoyed the tour. I would like to see you again in the near future since I want to show you some other hidden interesting places next time too. Koichi

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Koichi was very communicative and is a great guide!

Nora Nora United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Tour of Kyoto with Amazing Guide! ”

Our family of 5 had an amazing tour of Kyoto with Koichi! He is the Best! Incredible guide and fun person. Koichi created an itinerary that was fun and interesting for all of us. We saw and did so much...and stopped midway for a delicious sushi lunch. He also taught us so much about Japanese culture and history. And....He is a wonderful photographer! We have wonderful memories of Kyoto because of our excellent tour with Koichi! We look forward to returning someday. It is a beautiful place. Thank you Koichi!

Koichi:

Hi! Nora san, Thank you, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful comment. I was also happy with you and want to meet you again in the near future!! Please come to Japan, and Kyoto again. I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things. I'm always looking forward to seeing you. Koichi

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