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

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7h $ 180 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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180.00 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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  • 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 ( 21 )

2 weeks ago |   by Remmy

“ Golden Route of Kyoto and Nara ”

Our group of 4 had an excellent time with Hiroyuki as our tour guide who speaks english efficiently. He was very interactive with our group and was very knowledgable about the history of each destination. He was also very flexible as I gave Hiro a list of places that was a must see for us; Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Hiro was more than happy to accommodate our request even though it was going to be a long day given that location of each place, but he did it, he made it happen!! He knew what we wanted out of the tour and made the trip worth it. We took longer at some destinations, but Hiro was patience and let us do our thing before we moved on. We really appreciated that. He even met us in Osaka where we were staying just to guarantee that we would make it on time and knew where we was going. For lunch, we went to a nice little spot near the station to try some Japanese authentic food, which was a nice little break from all the sushi and ramen we ate. I would definitely have Hiro as my guide whenever I visit Osaka again and highly recommend him to anyone because you will not be disappointed!

2 weeks ago |   by Sylvia

“ Magical koyasan with excellent guide ”

I enjoyed the trip with Hiroyuki very much. He communicated very well already before the trip when I planned koyasan and always answered my questions promptly. He planned ahead of time what to see when but was also flexible when I wanted to change things. His humor matched mine so the tour was not only very informative but also real fun. He was able to answer all my questions, not only related to koyasan but also to all of Japan. I would recommend Hiroyuki to everyone! I stayed on in koyasan for another 4 days on my own and felt well informed and organized for the remaining time.

3 weeks ago |   by Kim

“ 2 day japan tour with Hiro ”

Hiro planned an excellent 2 day itinerary for us. The authentic Japanese Onsen was a highlight. He navigated the public transport system very efficiently for us and covered lots of sights. Hiro was very nice, accomodating and made the trip lots of fun. Thankyou Hiro for a wonderful experience of japan.

3 weeks ago |   by Amanda

“ Highlight of our trip ”

We were absolutely delighted to have Hiro as our private tour guide for the day. We had requested to visit a small tea town in Kyoto, and Hiro went above and beyond to design an off-the-beaten-path itinerary for us. He was punctual, friendly, and highly organized. We learned so much from this day trip as Hiro shared facts and history of the little town at each stop we made, and helped us feel comfortable interacting with locals. This experience made our honeymoon extra special. We will definitely use Hiro's services again the next time we visit Japan!

1 month ago |   by Carmen

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

We had a great time with Hiro-San. He came very much prepared with information and was very helpful and patient with my queries even before we booked his services. He struggles a bit to express himself fluently in English but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. I would book his services again if I am lucky enough to return to the area.

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