What you'll do
Our cultural and spiritual tour of the city will begin with a walk through the cosy and tranquil residential streets of Saga Arashiyama. We’ll make our way to the famous Bamboo Grove of Arashiyama, often mistakenly referred to as a forest, it is in fact a ‘grove,’ as bamboo is not a tree, it’s actually a type of grass. Halfway through the bamboo grove, we’ll reach the compact but highly detailed Nonomiya Shrine. Next we head to the Katsura river and stop on Togetsukyo Bridge, which literally means ‘Moon Crossing Bridge,’ where we can take in pretty vistas and admire the swooping cormorant birds. Next up, we’ll stroll along the river until the end of the footpath. We then continue our 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. We’ll also partake in a traditional matcha green tea ceremony, one of the hallmarks of Zen Buddhist culture. After your Zen experience, we’ll head back along the Hozu riverside to the lively main road of Arashiyama where our tour ends, outside the Randen Keifuku Arashiyama station.
Kohei & Friends
We are a group of friends and professional group leaders who focus on designing and delivering great experiences to visitors to our city looking to do more than the standard sights as our job for many years now. We are looking to meet great people wishing to share their interests with our expertise and knowledge as we believe being full time in experiences as a professional job helps us know more on how to do the key things well that lead to a great experience for everyone. We have a lot of pride in pleasing you and meeting your expectations. We know these areas and experiences well.
Green tea and ceremony Tea and Zen ceremony
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Where you'll be
Highlights Marvel at the magnificent panorama of the Kyoto and Sagano valleys from an ancient mountain-top temple. Get instructed in the art of Zen meditation with a real Buddhist monk. Participate in a time-honoured green tea ceremony in a Zen temple. Wander through an ancient, towering bamboo grove.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. There is some walking but the scenery and ceremony and views are a great reward.
This is a casual but professional few hours to enjoy a wonderful neighborhood and some unique experiences and ceremony in a great setting that is hidden away.
Arashiyama - Bamboo and Zen