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

7 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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.


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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)

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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!

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Nara city/JR Nara Station/Kintetsu Nara Station
Ending Point At your convenient place in Nara city

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
hotel pick-up in Nara city
traffic expenses for the guide
admission fee for the guide

What‘s not included

traffic expenses for you
meals for you and the guide
admission fee
offertory to Hozoinryu


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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 90 )
4.8 (90) Reviews
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Lindy Lindy Singapore ( Family )
6 days ago

“ Kyoto 1 Day Tour ”

Mr Hiroyuki is patience and the journey was well planned and not in a rush. He shared the culture and history for each place of interest which things we definitely will not know of. We enjoyed our day tour with him and will look for him again if we are going to different parts of Japan.


Dear Lindy, I appreciate your prompt and high-rated review on the tour with me over Kyoto yesterday. I was very much impressed with your interest about the culture and history of Japan. It was such a coincidence to meet with your relatives from Singapore at Bamboo Forest. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future and wish you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Please give my best regards to Dervick and Ryan. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Sonya Sonya Singapore ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Good and efficient guide ”

Guide knowledge is great . Familiar with the tour package he offers


Dear Sonya, Thank you very much for leaving a wonderful review on the tour with me. I enjoyed talking with you and guiding you over Kyoto. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Abigail Abigail Philippines ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Amazing Osaka Tour ”

Hiro is remarkable tour guide. He is organized, flexible, and full of enthusiasm. We enjoyed visiting all the lovely sites and having a sumptuous lunch at an authentic Japanese restaurant. Thank you Hiro for making my family trip worthwhile! It was definitely one for the books. All the best!


Dear Abigail, I am glad to have your wonderful review on the tour with me. I am also very much pleased to see you enjoying taking pictures of your family with wearing kimono at the Osaka Museum of Living and Housing. It was definitely photo session of beautiful models. Please give my best regards to Ruel,Nomi,Joshua,Nando and Lorna. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Pola Pola Japan
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent walking tour of Arashiyama's hidden gems ”

Hiroyuki is simply the best guide we ever met. Carefully prepared, he provided us with a detailed itinerary of our trip together with transportation options, ticket prices and estimated time. We were very impressed by how knowledgeable Hiro was: he kept providing interesting insights, stories and legends. His English is very good and he has a great sense of humour! Unfortunately it was our last day in Kyoto: if it weren't, we would very much consider doing another perfect trip with Hiro!


Dear Pola, Thank you very much for a word of praise given to me. I am the one who was impressed with you and your friends's interest about and insight into the culture and the history of Japan. I hope the tour with me will be of help to you understand something about Japan and Japanese people. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Celina,Ola,Alex,Konrad and Wojciech. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Mei Mei United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto’s peak fall beauty ”

I reached out to Hiroyuki-San months ago and he prepared a detailed by the minute itinerary with bus routes, walking times and schedule. A few days prior to the trip, I requested a few changes and he quickly provided the revised itinerary. Less than 24 hours prior I decided on a different lunch spot and Hiroyuki was ultra flexible is making the amendments. His schedule was transparent that it had all the admission costs and the bus fares so we were well prepared on the expected additional costs, whether or not it was with exact change or whether a bus pass was needed. The trip was well planned, good pace and we didn’t feel rushed. During the trip the weather looked gloomy and Hiroyuki San quickly pulled out the weather forecast like a meteorologist and advised us that the drizzle shall pas... read more


Dear Mei, I very much appreciate your prompt, detailed and five-star rated review on the tour with me. I really had a pleasant time with such a nice couple like you and Sherman yesterday in spite of a bit chilly day. I hope the tour will be of help understand something about Japan and Japanese people. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

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