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

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7h $ 186 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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186.00 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!

Organized by Hiroyuki

Licensed Guide
(9) Reviews


  • 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.

City Nara

Meeting Point At your hotel in Nara city/JR Nara Station/Kintetsu Nara Station

Ending Point At your convenient place in Nara city

Duration 7 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 5 people

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)

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.

About Hiroyuki

Licensed Guide

(9) Reviews

Contact Hiroyuki
Response Time 56 min

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi,I'm Hiroyuki Fukui. Please call me Hiro.
I'm a government certified guide interpreter.
I'm originally from Gifu Prefecture located in Central Japan and have lived in Nara city for more than twenty years.
I used to be a civil engineer working for a construction company and experienced overseas projects mainly in South Pacific region for about nine years.
During my stay abroad, I had an opportunity to look Japan from outside and realized the beauty of Japan from different point of view.
Now I retired from the company and I'm guiding foreign visitors mainly over Kansai district including Nara, Kyoto and Osaka to help them know more about the history, the culture and the people of Japan.
I'm looking forward to serving you soon.

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Reviews ( 9 )

1 month ago |   by NK

“ Great guide for two day Kyoto & Nara Tour ”

Hiroyuki-san, was an excellent guide who helped our family for four (including two seniors) minimize costs on transport despite us having to travel in a van. He posted the budget for the entire trip way in advance for our consideration and suggested various alternatives for our consideration before we finalized our itinerary with him. An honest and likeable guide and we would highly recommended to all travellers.

1 month ago |   by Ong

“ Wonderful Kyoto and Nara experience ”

It was a wonderful day trip to Kyoto and Nara on the 19th of December. Mr. Hiro was very punctual and friendly throughout the trip. We appreciated his effort in preparing the itinerary and ensuring a smooth trip for us. It was fun to know about the history behind the temples and historical buildings in Kyoto and Nara as well. We ended the trip early as we became tired at the end of the day. Nonetheless, we had fun and we were glad to have Mr. Hiro as our tour guide. We wish that he can continue bringing joy to the other visitors as he did for us.

1 month ago |   by Kirstie-Anne

“ Great Tour, Friendly Guide ”

We had a great day going around Nagoya with Hiroyuki. Was always happy and enthusiastic, spoke good English and knew a lot about the history which was quite interesting!

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Sharyn

“ A very enjoyable day ”

Hiroyuki SAN gave us a very enjoyable day. We were able to chose our itinerary and Hiro introduced us to Osaka's food specialties. Yum! Thanks Hiro

2 months ago |   by Teddy

“ hiroyuki -san is a very knowledgeable and helpful guide ”

our kyoto tour was ably organized by ********** helped us navigate thru the different transport means to get to the places in our itinerary. he made sure that days before we got to kyoto,he had already sent us a detailed itinerary to coverall the places that that wanted to visit. he has a cheerful disposition that made the one day tour so much fun.i would definitely recommend those who plan to visit kyoto to get his services.

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