Visit an ancient temple atop a mountain and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views across the beautiful valleys of Kyoto and Sagano. Try Zen meditation under the instruction of a genuine Buddhist monk and experience a traditional Japenese green tea ceremony. This tour is the perfect introduction to Japenese Buddhist culture.
Bamboo Grove Tour and Zen Meditation
Our tour of the spiritual side of Japanese life begins in Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto. We will stroll through the wonderful Bamboo Grove. Among the tall swaying stalks you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In the middle of the Bamboo Grove, we will encounter the Nonomiya Shrine. This temple which was built in the 9th century was where princesses would traditionally spend a year of purification and preparation before becoming imperial priestesses. Now it is a place where people come to pray for a happier home life.
Then we pass through the beautiful Kameyama Park and alongside the picturesque Hozu river, passing traditional shops, restaurants, and historical sites. We make a stop on Togetsukyo Bridge, which means ‘Moon Crossing Bridge,’ to admire the gorgeous views. You will hear all about a curious method of fishing that takes place here in which the birds catch the fish for the fishermen.
We then continue to the ancient Daihikaku Senkoji Temple located on the side of a scenic mountain with breathtaking panoramic views across the valleys and Kyoto. Here you will have Zen meditation under the instruction of a real Buddhist monk. You will also experience a traditional Buddhist green tea ceremony.
After that wonderful zen experience, we will head back to Arashiyama where our tour ends.
Children under the age of 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
The meeting point is JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates. Please be punctual.
The tour finishes at Randen Keifuku Arashiyama Station around 5:30 pm.
As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required. Comfortable walking shoes are also required.
The maximum group size will be 12 people.
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Tour in English
Per personUS$ 90.3
* The price increases on the 31 December
The tour is exclusively in English.
Local English speaking guide.
Zen meditation instruction.
Matcha green tea ceremony and tasting
Additional food and drink.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 7 days before (Kyoto local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).