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Japan's oldest road, Yamanobe-no-michi ancient trail in Nara

by Chisato
(9) Reviews
4:30h $ 138 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

  • Hiking Yamanobe no michi ancient trail
  • Visit shrines and temples (O-Miwa shrine and Chogakuji temple)
  • Visit farm stands and farm cafe

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138.00 USD

Price up to 15 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

A full day tour (8 hours).
$ 110.40
Sake tasting at Imanishi sake brewery (not available from October to M....
$ 5.06
Hotel pick up from Kyoto.
$ 18.40

Overview

Nara's charm is not only deers but also its traditional country lifestyle, which has been inherited from generations to generations. Half a day off-the-beaten walk to an oldest road "Yamanobe no michi" will lead you to deep cultural understanding on satoyama villages. You will come across small farm stands and people's life. It is also possible to have a full day experience, if you have time.

What to Expect

Yamanobe no michi is said to be an oldest road running north and south along the eastern edge of the Nara Basin, which connects between Nara city and Sakurai city, in the 15-kilometer long trail. It is first recorded in The Chronicles of Japan "Nihon Shoki" compiled in the 8th century. The ancient road is dotted with shrines, temples and ancient tombs "kofun", and also you will come across many cafes and small farm stands.

Yamanobe no michi is different from other hiking routes, it also goes through small villages. The local specialties of the village are fruits products such as dried kaki persimmon, mochi (sticky rice cake), processed daikon raddish, yuzu citrus, orange, tsukemono pickles, somen noodle, and so on. You will enjoy seasonal landscape, paddy in summer, orange and kaki in autumn, and dried vegetables and somen in winter season.

You can also select a full day tour, if you have enough time.

For a full day tour, you can also have a lunch at Chogakuji temple, and also visit a sake brewery in Miwa.
Sake tasting option is also available upon your request in advance in case of a full-day tour (not available from October to March, and holidays). Please add the option, if you wish to book sake tasting.


[Half a day tour 4.5 hours]

13:00 Depart from JR Nara station
13:30 Arrive at JR Yanagimoto station
13:50 Trail starts from Tenri Trail center
14:00 Chogakuji temple
15:00 Hinohara shrine
15:40 O-Miwa shrine
17:00 Depart from JR Miwa station
17:30 Back to JR Nara station

[A full day walking tour 8 hours]

9:00 Depart from JR Nara station
10:00 Ishigami shrine
11:00 Yotogi shrine
12:00 Tenri trail center
13:00 Lunch at Chogaku ji temple (miwa somen) or local cafe
14:00 Hinohara shrine
15:00 O-Miwa shrine
15:30 Imanishi shuzo (sake brewery)
16:30 Depart from JR Miwa station
17:00 Back to JR Nara station

[A full day Nara highlights 8 hours]

9:00 Meeting at Kintetsu Nara station
9:30 - 11:00 Todaiji temple and Nara park
11:00 - 12:00 Kasuga shrine
12:30 - 13:00 Travel from Nara to Miwa
13:00 Lunch at a local restaurant or at a temple
14:00-16:30 Walking Yamanobe trail
17:00 back to JR Nara station

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Chisato Licensed Guide
(9) Reviews

Highlights

  • Hiking Yamanobe no michi ancient trail
  • Visit shrines and temples (O-Miwa shrine and Chogakuji temple)
  • Visit farm stands and farm cafe

Important

IMPORTANT:
Please inquire at least 1 month before the tour departure date, when it is totally customized tour.
Please note that spring (March-April) and autumn (Septenmer-October) are peak travelling season in Japan, and it may not possible to offer special interest tours.
I recommend to reserve accommodations at least 2 months before your travel (half year before during peak travelling season).

Please select option (a full day tour), if you would like to have 8 hours tour

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Nara city
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide 530 JPY per person), lunch (approximately 1000JPY per person), entrance fee (Chogakuji 350JPY per person)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Nara city, or JR Nara station
Ending Point
JR Nara station
Duration
4:30 hours
Starting time
01:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people   Flexible

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 ( 9 )

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Amy

“ Tea Farm Guide ”

I had a great time with Chisato. She met us at the station, showed us around Uji, and took us all the way to the tea farm. She was a nice guide and we had a great time.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Geoff

“ Wonderful day in Nara and hiking the Yamanobe no Michi "Ancient Trail" ”

During my day with Chisato we spent the morning visiting the Todaji-ji Shrine, Nara Park and other key sites. From there we boarded the JR train and headed to the trailhead of the Yamanobe no Michi ancient trail. We sauntered along the trail visiting the Mika Shrine, the Hirara Shrine, Genpien Temple, Stone Pagoda and garden, a waterfall, fruit farms, a medicinal plant garden, and stopping to chat with local gardeners and other denizens along the way. It was a fabulous day accented by beautiful cherry blossoms all along the way. The hike is a unique way to visit another slice of Japanese daily life away from what one gardener described " the noise of Kyoto." Chisato planned a great day for me and made sure all my needs were cared for. We sauntered/hiked along for close to 8 miles. I was most impressed with her knowledge of topics ranging from native and edible plants to the cultural and historical significance of the sites we visited. My day with Chisato was one of the best days of my recent three weeks in Japan

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Eric

“ Unique and educational tour away from the crowds. ”

It was so nice to get away from the crowded sites in Kyoto and Nara and out into the country and see things that few tourist get to see. Wild plant foraging, kudzu starch, and koji fungus production were real highlights of our trip. If you have a specific interest in wild plants or herbal medicine you'll get a lot out of this tour. Chisato picked us up right in our hotel lobby, and was very accommodating for the tour; letting us set our own pace. We didn't get to do everything she had planned, but I was happy to slow down and have a more relaxing tour. Her English was excellent, and she was well prepared. If you're an adventurous eater, and want to try something truly unique, you absolutely must do the lunch at Daigan-ji temple. It's an experience you'll never forget.

Excellent
3 months ago |   by Quentin

“ Nara soy sauce expedition ”

I had a really great day being driven around the Nara prefecture by Chisato. She has a passion for traditional Japanese food production, and was the perfect guide with whom to visit four traditional soy sauce manufacturers and a miso maker, all on one snow-filled day. We started early and finished late, and Chisato's enthusiasm and professionalism never wavered even when we realised the rental car did not have snow tires. A highlight was finding a cafe for lunch that offered a set menu that used some of the soy sauces we'd tasted only a few minutes earlier at the factory. Chisato also followed up the next day with contact details for people who might be able to help me pursue my interest further. It was great fun, and I highly recommend Chisato as guide, especially to those with an interest in traditional Japanese food production.

Excellent
5 months ago |   by Dev

“ Uji / Wazuka tea farm tour ”

Chisato took me on a day trip from Kyoto to visit a great new tea company & farm in Uji. I have long been an avid tea drinker, but I did not know the history and farming process for Green Tea. Chisato provided great reading material on the way to the Farm, which helped me familiarize myself with the tea plant and process to grow and harvest tea. When we arrived, we were taken on a nice tour of the tea plantation with the owner, where I asked many questions. He was a great host. The scenery was amazing and I took a ton of great photos. The tour ended with us hand picking tea leaves. When we returned to the cafe at the base of the farm, we sampled a lot of tea and ate a meal that incorporated matcha in many ingredients. It was a fun experience. After the tour, Chisato took me around the rest of the area for hiking and a visit to the local tea market. I would recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in tea and a desire to get outside of Kyoto for a day!

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