Western Kyoto guided tour with Zen lesson and tea ceremony
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Activities

Western Kyoto guided tour with Zen lesson and tea ceremony

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Marvel at the magnificent panorama of the Kyoto and Sagano valleys
  • Get instructed in the art of Zen meditation with a real Buddhist monk
  • Participate in a traditional green tea ceremony
What to expect

Journey to the outskirts of ancient Kyoto to admire the stunning natural beauty of the Hozu River, surrounded by mountains and 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.

Your tour will begin with a walk through the cosy residential streets of Saga Arashiyama. This quaint village once functioned as a resort for the city's noble families. Cross the main street to make our way to the famous Bamboo Grove of Arashiyama. Halfway through the bamboo grove, you'll reach Nonomiya Shrine. At the top of the grove, you’ll wander through pretty Kameyama Park before reaching the mighty Hozu river valley. Walk along the river as you pass quirky shops, restaurants and historical sites. You'll stop on Togetsukyo Bridge and then continue your way up the winding, ancient stone steps of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple. Here you will have a unique opportunity to encounter Zen by engaging in authentic Zen meditation under the guidance of a resident monk. You’ll also partake in a traditional matcha green tea ceremony.

After your Zen experience, you’ll head back along the Hozu riverside to the main road of Arashiyama where your tour ends, outside the Randen Keifuku Arashiyama station, which is the terminus for the old tram or streetcar. Indulge in some eating or shopping or head to a foot spa for some well-deserved relaxation. Don’t forget to ask your guide for further recommendations on what else to see and do during your stay in Kyoto.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Guided 3.5-hour tour
    • Zen meditation instruction
    • Matcha green tea ceremony and cup of tea
    What's not included
    • Additional food and drink
    • Souvenirs
    • Transportation to or from the meeting point
    Where

    Sagatenryuji Kurumamichicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8373, Japan

    Meeting point:

    Meet your guide at JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, in front of the ticket gates

    What to remember
    • For the safety of you and other guests, we strongly recommend you bring a mask with you to the tour. Your guide will inform you of the latest government recommendations, and whether a mask is required
    • Our guides may ask to collect your contact information at the start of the tour, for contact tracing purposes only
    • The itinerary and routes may be modified to avoid crowds
    • Please refrain from joining the tour if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with Covid-19
    • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
    • In case of closure of the temple the tour will not run
    • In severe weather conditions some of the walks may be slippery in case of rain
    • Modest, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Urban Adventures
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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