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

by Koichi
(16) Reviews
6h $ 185 Price up to 7 people


  • 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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184.80 USD

Price up to 7 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


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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  • 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


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.
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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)
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 ( 16 )
Trisa Trisa Singapore ( Family )
1 week ago

“ A very accommodating guide! ”

My parents took a little longer time than expected for the first few destinations and Koichi san was very accommodating and continue to provide excellent service with no complaints. Thank you once again! My family had a great time!


Hi! Trisa san, I was very happy with you. I deeply appreciate your kind words. I hope to see all members of your family again in the near future. Koichi

Nicholas Nicholas United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

My wife and I had a great time in Kyoto and Osaka. We booked three tours in different cities through triplelights and all of them were great, but Koichi was the best. Both days were jam packed and we changed around the itineraries several times and Koichi was very flexible.

Tatyana Tatyana Canada
2 weeks ago

“ Nara and Kyoto tours ”

Our ship stayed for two days in Kobe. And we were very lucky to spend these days with Koichi –san touring Nara and Kyoto. My husband has problems walking for a long time so Koichi –san used his car for both tours that was a blessing for us. As the places we visited were located in different parts of the cities without a car we wouldn’t be able to see as much as we did. Koichi-san was very polite and accommodative and tried to include all places that we wanted to see in these two days. So our tours were quite intense and very interesting. On our first day In Nara we visited Great Buddha Hall, Nara park with deer, Kashuga Taisha Shrine and even Harushika Sake Brewery where we had our first sake tasting. The second day was even longer as we spent some time in Arashiyama Bamboo grove, from... read more


Hi! Tatyana san. I am so happy you had a great time with me. I deeply appreciate your kind words and your taking time out of your schedule. It was pleasure for me to be your guide. My wife was also pleased with your nice maple gift . If I have a chance I would like to visit your country someday. I sincerely hope to see you again in the near future. Best regards, Koichi

Edward Edward Australia ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto Temples ”

We are a family of 6, 4 children aged between 6 and 13. Koichi was an excellent guide and helped us see some of the more far flung sites in Kyoto. I would highly recommend using Koichi

Shane Shane United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Best tour guide!!! Worth every penny! ”

We had 8 different tour guides during our visit to Japan and Koichi was by far the best one and we liked all our guides. We truly enjoyed his company and his knowledge of the city. Our day in Kyoto would not have been possible without him. If you are going to Kyoto and have limited amount of time then you will need a driver. Without a driver you will just be spending a lot of time walking and grabbing taxis. Koichi is an excellent driver and knows how to get to your location as fast as possible since he drove a taxi in the area for five years. He knows every street in Kyoto. He is a great photographer, some of our best family pictures was taken by him. He provided information sheets while we were in the car which helped greatly and the kids enjoyed it. I hope to go back to Japan one day an... read more

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