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In search for the birth place of the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutsu School of spearmanship

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7h $ 178 Price up to 5 people


  • Practice the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutsu School of spearmanship under the guidance of th Hozoin-Ryu practitioner for two hours
  • Sarusawa-ike Pond
  • Kohfukuji Temple
  • Ruin of Hozoin Temple
  • Kozenji Temple
  • Cemetery for the In-ei family(optional tour)
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178.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Nara is a birth place of the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of spearmanship. It was founded by Kakuzenbo Hoin In-ei who was a Buddhist monk of Kohfukuji Temple in Nara dating back 450 years.It is said that In-ei invented a spear with cross-shaped spearhead inspired by the reflection of the crescent moon on Sarusawa-ike Pond. This tour will take you to the related places to Kakuzenbo Hoin In-ei.

What to Expect

This tour includes practice for the cross shaped spear under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu practitioner at the designated place. If your date for the tour is scheduled for Saturday, it is free of charge. In case of the dates except for Saturdays, I can arrange paid optional practice for the cross-shaped spear under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of spearmanship according to your request. After the practice, I will guide you over the related places to the Hozoin-Ryu.
Let's practice and explore the legend of the Hozoin-Ryu!

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Hiroyuki Licensed Guide
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  • Practice the Hozoin-Ryu Sojutsu School of spearmanship under the guidance of th Hozoin-Ryu practitioner for two hours
  • Sarusawa-ike Pond
  • Kohfukuji Temple
  • Ruin of Hozoin Temple
  • Kozenji Temple
  • Cemetery for the In-ei family(optional tour)


Regarding the tour except for Saturday and Wednesday, I provide the practice and the lecture on Hozoin-Ryu Sojutu School of Spearmanship under the guidance of the Hozoin-Ryu practitioner at the designated place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Prices are 20,000 yen per group in case of less than three persons and 5,000 yen per person in case of more than four persons. Reservations are required one month before the tour date to secure the place for the practice.

What‘s included
guide fee
hotel pick-up in Nara city
meals for the guide
What‘s not included
traffic expenses in Nara city(you and the guide)
meals for you
admission fee
traffic expenses for the guide from his residence to Nara(520 yen)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Nara city/JR Nara Station/Kintetsu Nara Station
Ending Point
At your convenient place in Nara city
7 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 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.
Reviews ( 28 )
3 weeks ago |   by Nicole

“ Very organized and very helpful ”

We spent the day with Hiroyuki at Nara and Uji. He was very prepared and appreciated that he created an itinerary of the day. We had a great time.

3 weeks ago |   by Dan

“ The best tour guide we ever had. Exteremly knowledable, efficient and incredibly attentive. ”

We are in our 70th and have been in many counties and experienced many tour guides none comes even close to Hiroyuki who is so good that we need to have a category beyond best to describe him! He is ultimate professional. We were exteremely lucky to have him as out guide.

1 month ago |   by Muthayyah

“ Amazing tours with Hiroyuki- Two day Kyoto tour and one day Nara tour ”

We recently had two wonderful tours with Hiroyuki. We are a family of five and Hiroyuki went out of his way to make our tour interesting, information and enjoyable. Hiroyuki was in touch with us prior to the trip to ensure he made plans to visit all the places we requested. He was very organized. He was patient and adjustable to the requests of my children. He did not mind spending additional time each day if it was required and ensured we had adequate time to appreciate all the historic sites in Kyoto. Despite the rain on certain days we had a nice time. Hiroyuki took special efforts to take my sons and spend time with the deer in Nara, which they loved. Hiroyuki is pleasant and made our visit in Kyoto and Nara really fun. We would definitely recommend him to our friends! Thank you Hiro.

1 month ago |   by Vivien

“ Friendly and knowledgeable ”

We took a half day tour with Hiroyuki and he was very patient with my two elderly parents and two young kids. He brought us around on a rainy day and ensured we saw the sights we set out in our itinerary. He came with a bag of goodies for the kids and introduced them to some Japanese snacks. He also helped my mother repair her shoe that had a problem with the sole due to the rain as he knew a type of fast drying glue that could even work on wet surfaces.

1 month ago |   by Alex

“ Half day trip in Kyoto ”

We had an outstanding day with Hiro. He came well prepared with a lot of information regarding our sights and interests. We loved how he took the time to explain everything we wanted to know. He immediately knew how to further create the day after meeting us - sensing when we needed a small break or wanted to take more pictures. We appreciated his flexibility when we made changes during the day as well. Overall, Hiro is kind, polite, interesting with loads of knowledge and has a great sense of humor! Highly recommended and we would book a tour with Hiro again if we do come back to Japan.

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