Higashiyama Walking Tour From Takayama

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Our Higashiyama Walking Tour From Takayama takes you on a serene stroll through this peaceful wooded area nestled in the foothills near a vast number of ancient temples; the perfect way to spend a day decompressing. Your local guide will offer you an insider’s view of the rich history and fascinating culture of Takayama as you take in the scenic views around you and the beautiful temples along the way. This tour is available leaves with guaranteed departures – book your spot today!

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Higashiyama Walking Tour From Takayama Highlights

  1. Join your local guide for a tour of the tranquil Higashiyama Walking Course
  2. Visit 5 different temples from various sects throughout this historic district
  3. Stop at the grave of Tesshu Yamaoka’s parents - one of Japan's last Samurai
  4. Learn more about Japanese tradition and spirituality from a local expert
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Higashiyama Walking Tour From Takayama Itinerary

9:00 or 13:00 - Meet your guide in Takayama
Guided tour of the Higashiyama Walking Course
  • Your day will be spent on the winding Higashiyama Walking Course, an easy trail that wends its way through the towering pines and tranquil forests around this storied area, once home to the Takayama Castle.
  • Your first temple of the day is the Daiou-ji Temple of the Jodo sect with its magnificent bell tower, active monastery, and stunning views of the scenic nature below.
  • The second stop is Sogenji Temple, the Prairie Temple, which was converted from private use into a public monument and active place of worship for the Soto sect.
  • The Tensho-ji Temple, the former Heavenly Temple of the now-defunct Tendai sect that was reconsecrated for the Jodo sect and surrounded by lush gardens.
  • The Hokke-ji Temple of the Nichiren sect houses a smiling Buddha with healing powers: it's believed that if you wash the same part of the Buddha as whatever body part is giving you trouble, your aches and pains will be healed!
  • The Soyuji Temple is the last temple of the day, and perhaps the most impressive with its towering walls built from the Takayama Castle and its active monastery of the Rinzai sect.
10:00 or 14:00 - The tour ends at Soyuji Temple in central Takayama
NB - all timings on Higashiyama Walking Tour From Takayama are approximate
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Fully guided tour with an English speaking tour guide
Entrance fees
Lunch and drinks
Personal travel insurance
What to Bring
Walking shoes
Modest clothing
Essential Information
This tour is not wheelchair accessible