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The World Heritage Hiking in Mt. Hiei of Kyoto, a Holy Mountain in Japan

by Ryoji
(26) Reviews
6h $ 207 Price up to 30 people


  • Enryaku-ji temple (UNESCO world heritage site)

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207.00 USD

Price up to 30 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

What to Expect

This tour features both hiking and visiting a stunning, rarely visited world heritage site. Hiking in Mt. Hiei, one of the three holy mountains in Japan, will reveal to you the iconic Japanese scenic beauty of mountains and a lake. We take the same route of ancient pilgrimage and hike gently up to Enryaku-ji temple, a world heritage site. Overlooking Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan, we will enjoy glorious sightseeing and come down, according to your preference, on the same or a different route or by Japan’s longest cable car. Time-permitting, we will explore the bottom of the mountain with many quaint temples and shrines. The area is often used for locations for filming. This refreshing hiking tour gives you a chance to imbibe Japan’s authentic verdant beauty and rich history.

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4.8 (26) Reviews
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Ryoji Licensed Guide
(26) Reviews
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  • Enryaku-ji temple (UNESCO world heritage site)


I am usually available on weekdays after 6 pm. But if I get enough prior notice for about 2 months, I might be able to work during the daytime.

What‘s included
guide fee, entrance fee, transportation fee for guide
What‘s not included
transportation, lunch and drink, etc.
Depart From
Kyoto , Shiga
Meeting Point
Kyoto station
Ending Point
Kyoto station
6 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 30 people

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if the weather is not good?

If the weather is very bad, we will cancel it. We will decide if we do or not the day before.

What clothes should we wear for the hiking?

Please wear casual clothes and casual shoes, not necessarily hiking shoes. Sneakers or sports shoes will do.

Is there anything we should bring?

Just in case of rain, please bring a rain gear, like an umbrella.

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 ( 26 )
Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Great insight! ”

Ryoji's night walk tour was a true insider's experience - he really provided an excellent overview of the areas we visited in Kyoto and the "secret garden" was a great treat. I highly recommend Ryoji for his excellent guiding, insight and friendliness.


Thanks a lot for your positive review. I appreciate it very much and hope to see you again sometime in the future! :D

William William United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ A great tour ”

We gave Ryoji a list of places we would like to see and he was able to take us to most of them using public transportation or walking. He explained the significance of many of the sites and was easy to understand. I feel like we made a good choice to use Ryoji to see many interesting places in Kyoto.


Dear William san, Thanks a lot for your positive review! I was impressed that your family was trying to observe the rules of society. I really enjoyed guiding such a nice family like yours. Best regards, Ryoji

Riitta Riitta Finland ( Solo )
5 months ago

“ A wonderful evening in Nara ”

Ryoji is an exellent guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to be with. I enjoyed chatting with him to learn a little bit about the Japanese way of life and it was a magical experience to pass through the torii gate into the candle-lit night ( Chungen Mantoro Lantern Festival ), to see over 3,000 lanterns which are placed around Kasuga-Taisha and along the pathways leading to the shrine and also visit Todaiji Temple which held its "Ceremony of 10,000 Lights" At the end of the evening we had extremely good small dishes at the local izakaya. Thank you very much Ryoji.


Dear Riitta san, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! I also enjoyed myself guiding you at an ancient shrine on a very special occasion. I was so lucky to be your guide on that special day. The izakaya dinner place was my first time, but it turned out to be a great place. It is now on my list of Nara eateries. :-) Hope you had a good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Please let me know the next time you come to Japan. Best regards, Ryoji

Debra Debra United States ( Family )
5 months ago

“ Excellent way to spend a first night in Kyoto ”

Ryoji was a knowledgable and fun guide. We got lost getting to the starting point but he patiently waited until we found him. He was able to answer all of our questions and easily navigated us around Gion to places of interest by using routes that avoided the big hordes of tourists. Our teenagers were particularly interested in learning about geisha and maiko and Ryogi was able to adapt on the fly to provide us with all sorts of information and sites. The "secret" garden at the end of the tour was absolutely beautiful and something that we wouldn't have found on our own. At the end of the tour we were running late for a dinner reservation and Ryogi helped us to get taxis and made sure that the drivers knew where to take us. I wouldn't hesitate to boo his services again.


Thanks a lot for your positive review. The moment I saw you and your family, I knew right away that it gonna be great fun tour! Your families were very personable. I hope to see you some other time again in Japan. Best regards, Ryoji

art Art United States ( Couple )
9 months ago

“ What a great guy! ”

We were impressed with Ryoji's depth of knowledge. He brought us to magnificent locations with full knowledge of each site and the significance it was to Japan.


Thanks for your rave review. I am honored. I also enjoyed myself guiding you. Ryoji

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