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Experience the history, nature and food of the sacred grounds of Minobusan


Yamanashi
6 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Minobusan is the head temple of Nichiren-shu founded by Nichiren Shonin more than 740 years ago. You will experience the spiritual feelings by simply strolling around the sacred mountain area, tasting “Yuba” a vegetarian food made of soybean milk skin, listening to recitations of Lotus Sutra by monks and followers and writing “Shakyo”, a hand copying of sutra, with a writing brush.

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Itinerary

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  • From late March through early April is the best season for watching cherry blossoms in the temple area!
  • Temple Gate called “Sanmon” is 21m(69ft) high and one of the three largest temple gates in Japan. The gate symbolizes the three (“San”) gates (“Mon”) of liberation: emptiness, formlessness and desirelessness before reaching the Buddhist paradise.
  • Bodai-tei, 287 stone steps going 104m(341ft) high divided into seven sections: these evoke the seven letters of the “Odaimoku” mantra, 南無妙法蓮華経 or Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.
  • Giant Black Dragon Painting on the ceiling of the Main Hall drawn by Matazo Kayama. The dragon has five fingers and were used as the stamp of ancient Chinese emperors.
  • Treasure House exhibiting national treasures and important cultural properties. Experience “Shakyo”, a hand-copying sutra.
  • Grave of Captain James who arrived in Japan in 1866 and played an important role in establishing the Japanese navy. He later became a believer in Buddhism.
  • Okuno-in Shishin-kaku Hall located at the top of Minobu-san, 1,153m(3,782ft) high. Can be reached by a 7 minute ride on the ropeway from the Main Hall station. It has great views of Mt. Fuji, Southern Alps, Fuji river, and Suruga bay facing the Pacific Ocean.
  • Minobu “Yuba”, folded sheet-shaped food made of soy milk skin. “Shojin Ryori”, a vegetarian dish, including Yuba plates, will be tasted at a traditional temple lodging. Yuba has been an important source of protein for Buddhist monks who are prohibited to eat meat.
  • Feel the history of Minobusan by watching the Weeping Cherry Trees, 400 years old, on the temple grounds (flowering season: from March through April) and the Avenues of Cedars alongside Bodai-tei and up to Okuno-in.

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What to Expect

In this one day tour, you can experience the feelings of one of the major Japanese Boddhist sects, Nichiren-shu by visiting historical architectures, walking the avenues of giant ceder trees, tasting “Shojin Ryori” a vegetarian dish for monks, and hand-writing “Shakyo”, a hand copying sutra.

Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Minobusan bus terminal
Ending Point Minobusan bus terminal

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

1) ropeway fee (1,400 yen per person, round trip).
2) Treasure House entrance fee including “Shyakyo” writing (300 yen per person).
3) lunch at a temple lodging (2,500 yen per person including a pickup service).
4) transportation from your hotel to Minobusan bus terminal.

Note: The costs of 1) through 3) for both the customer and the guide shall be paid by the customer.

Important

In this tour you will be requested to walk mountain trails, climb stone steps or slopes, 5 to 15 minutes each. Therefore, some experience in walking or hiking, wearing appropriate clothes and waking or hiking shoes are required.
For those who have difficulty in accessing Minobusan area early in the morning, especially from Tokyo or Osaka, you may stay in one of the 20 temple lodgings in Minobusan area previous night at an extra cost.

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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