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Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen provided by Kyoto Urban Adventures

Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen

Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
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About
Journey to the outskirts of ancient Kyoto to admire the stunning natural beauty of the Hozu river, surrounded by lush mountains and whispering bamboo groves. Visit dazzling ancient temples and embrace the spiritual and cultural side of Japan with a lesson in Zen meditation from a resident monk followed by a traditional matcha green tea ceremony. Spiritual enlightenment is (almost) guaranteed!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5263P18
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Zen meditation instruction
  • Matcha green tea ceremony and cup of tea
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and any additional transportation
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta. Public Bathroom, Japan, 〒616-8373 京都市右京区Ukyo Ward, Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō, JR嵯峨嵐山駅南側 JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///results.cross.tempting
  • Arashiyama Station, Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear modest, casual dress and comfortable walking shoes.
  • In case of closure of the temple the tour will not run. The booking can then either be changed to an alternative date or otherwise we will partially refund the customer.
  • In severe weather conditions some of the walks may be slippery in case of rain.
  • We can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Zen meditation instruction
  • Matcha green tea ceremony and cup of tea
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and any additional transportation
Departure details
  • JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta. Public Bathroom, Japan, 〒616-8373 京都市右京区Ukyo Ward, Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō, JR嵯峨嵐山駅南側 JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///results.cross.tempting
  • Arashiyama Station, Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Arashiyama Station, Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear modest, casual dress and comfortable walking shoes.
  • In case of closure of the temple the tour will not run. The booking can then either be changed to an alternative date or otherwise we will partially refund the customer.
  • In severe weather conditions some of the walks may be slippery in case of rain.
  • We can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct. 12, 2021
A note from Western Kyoto Spiritual Tour: Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen
Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta. Public Bathroom
    Japan, 〒616-8373 京都市右京区Ukyo Ward, Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō, JR嵯峨嵐山駅南側
    JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///results.cross.tempting
    See address & details
  • 1
    Nonomiya Shrine
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Bamboo Forest Street
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Togetsukyo Bridge
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Daihikaku Senkoji Temple
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Arashiyama Station
    Arashiyama Higashiichikawacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0002, Japan
    Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station
    See address & details
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Andrew C
4 contributions
Great Hike, Great Meditation, Great Tea
Feb. 2020 • Couples
I loved this experience, and I think you will too!
Ko, our guide, was a pleasure to chat with on the small hike up to the temple. He was a fantastic photographer for us in the bamboo forest. Lastly, he was clearly knowledgeable and gave us foundational context to Kyoto, the forest, and Zen Buddhism.
The small, but steep, hike up to the Zen temple was totally worth it. Ko acted as a translator while we were guided by Osho, a Zen monk through meditation and a tea ceremony.
This tour was a highlight of our 2 weeks in Japan. Thank you Ko, and thank you Osho!
Written March 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share and tell us about your experience, andrewlearnseedo! We are glad to hear that you had a great time in Arashiyama. Hope this experience you had would be an amazing memory in your life! See you again sometime in the future! Regards, Masami
Written March 26, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

manuele_321
2 contributions
Absolutely would recommend!
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Today we visited Bamboo grove, Nonomiya shrine and the Daihikaku Senkouji temple. Our guide Fumiko was just lovely and very informative. The group was small, felt very casual and felt more like a group of friends going on an adventure. We met a monk of the temple and got to practice zen meditation and learn traditional tea ceremony. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you manni_321 for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the special moments in Arashiyama. Zen meditation is one of the unique experiences you can do in Japan and the Senkoij is a very special temple hidden in the mountain. We are sure loved the view from there too. Kyoto has a lot more to offer, so hope you enjoy them as much as you can while you are here. Thanks again, Hiroko
Written March 10, 2020
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Cristel D.
3 contributions
Serene and Informative :) One for the books!
Ko’s a cool guide. He made the experience pretty much chill but informative at the same time. The path leading to the temple is breathtaking. The quiet moment with the monk and the discussion with him, through the excellent assistance of Ko, is something that is one for the books for my husband and I. It felt so special. It was a pause from life that I felt we needed. Meditation is something that I have always wanted to learn personally, and being able to learn it from a monk just made it incredible and I am grateful for that opportunity. The tea ceremony added to the serenity and mindfulness that the experience promised to offer.

Insights from Ko, particularly the spiritual history of Japan, is very much appreciated by my husband and I as it was our first trip in Japan. We made the right decision booking this experience. The sights along the walk were as beautiful as we expected it to be. It was a day of less tourists around, so we got lucky seeing more and having a quiet walk. Our chats along the way were fun, too. We are glad to have met Ko as he did his job very well.

Thankful for this experience! :)
Written February 28, 2020
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Thank you Cristel VD for your review. We are very happy to know you had enjoyed the tour with Ko. I hope you will come back to Kyoto for our different tour. Best regards. Miyake
Written February 29, 2020
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Kay M
Geraldton, Australia2 contributions
Amazing
Fabulous guide and a really different and interesting tour. The guide constantly thought of our needs and we had an amazing time with the monk and climbing the steps to get there.
Written January 14, 2020
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Thank you 959kaym for your review. Yes, the temple is so special and the way to get there is something like a quest! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thanks, Hiroko
Written January 14, 2020
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Brynjar Solheim
5 contributions
Really unique experience.
Starting off with a trip through the famous bamboo grove we were introduced to the significance of the various shrines and temples we came upon as we walked.

The tour continued up to a small shrine where we got to participate in a meditation session and a traditional tea ceremony with a local monk.

We came here during the autumn season so the view was stunning even if it was quite crowded.

Our guide Ko was great fun to hang out with and was very knowledgable making this into a really fun tour.
Written November 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you 908brtnjars for your review. Yes, this tour is very unique and we are happy that you had enjoyed the experiences. best regards. Nobumasa Miyake
Written November 23, 2019
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Dganit PB Israel
1 contribution
very interesting intimate meeting with a Zen Buddhist monk
Oct. 2019
In this small group tour, we went through the Bamboo Forest, Nonomiya-shrine, and met with a Zen Buddhist monk in Daihikaku-Senkoji.
the walk along the river and the climb to Daihikaku-Senkoji was so beautiful, and the time we spent there helped me learn so much about Japanese Zen Buddhism. it was an intimate talk, where we could ask anything, participate in small rituals, and really get the feeling of it all.
Nobumasa Miyake san was very knowledgeable, and led the group in a most pleasant and patient manner.
Written October 24, 2019
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Thank you DganitPB for your review, which makes our staff and me very happy. We are expecting your joining another tour with your friends. Best regards. Best regards. Nobumasa Miyake
Written October 25, 2019
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Brian S
Kansas City, MO4 contributions
Amazing experience!
Aug. 2019 • Couples
One of our favorite experiences in Japan. Would highly recommend to others and even do it again ourselves if we ever get the chance
Written October 15, 2019
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Thank you M8807FZbrains for your great review. Kyoto team are super happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Please have a good time in Japan. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written October 18, 2019
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Nicole R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands45 contributions
Amazing...
Oct. 2019 • Friends
Masayo took us on the zen tour. She is a wonderfull person and really helpfull. The walk was lovely and quite easy. Meeting the monk was quite an experience a lovely, interesting man. The tea ceremony was interesting. Beautiful view from the temple. Overall a lovely unforgettable experience. Thx Masayo.
Written October 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you V6963SXnicloer for your feedback. Masayo and Kyoto team are very delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Please have a good time in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written October 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michele from Ontario
London, Canada12 contributions
spectacular - favourite tour !
Oct. 2019
this was a once in a lifetime tour. it was the absolute highlight of my trip. Masayo was a terrific guide and the visit with the monk was truly specacular. I am so glad I participated ! go on this tour, Michele
Written October 8, 2019
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Thank you michelexxxxx again for your wonderful review. Masayo and Kyoto team are indeed glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written October 8, 2019
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Hanan Perveen
2 contributions
Once in a lifetime experience
Sep. 2019
I had always been very interested in Zen Buddhism and the philosophy behind it. This was a rare opportunity to get to immerse myself into their genuine culture and learn about it from a monk himself.

The tour was really well constructed, and our guide Masayo was so knowledgable. She told us about the history of Kyoto, the significance of the bamboo grove, talked us through the different temples we passed and taught me how to properly say a prayer at a temple! We proceeded to trek through the breathtaking scenery, with Masayo continuously telling us about key facts to do with significant pieces of history to do with the Arashiyama and Kyoto area.

Eventually we made it to the temple and sat down with the amazing Monk. Together we chanted the scriptures and then he gave us a really informative introduction to Buddhism and the principles! We mediated together and then enjoyed the tea ceremony. In my opinion, I could have sat and talked with everyone forever! We all learned a lot from each other and the different cultures and religions we come from.

This was genuinely a once in a life time experience for me personally. If you want to explore the area at Arashiyama and want to immerse yourself in genuine Zen Buddhist culture, then don’t hesitate and book this brilliant tour!
Written September 12, 2019
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Thank you hananperveen for your fabulous comment. Masayo and Kyoto team are extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please have a good time in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written September 12, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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