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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Forest Bathe in Kyoto's Sacred Mountain

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 200 reviews.Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Lee

75 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Most tourists visit Fushimi Inari Shrine for the thousand torii gates, but rarely do they delve deeper into the shrine's history and tradition. Learn about Shinto rituals and how forest bathing is done at one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines (Fushimi Inari was founded 1,300 years ago!)

I have recorded videos and audio that will make it seem that you are really at one with the forest at Fushimi Inari. We will visit shrines for various gods to learn what Shinto gods are like, witness the rituals used to appeal to them, and see two ways that people have tried to speak to the gods here.

At the end you’ll learn to how do breath meditation at a sacred waterfall in a secret part of the shrine that tourists normally miss out on. We will sit together for just a couple of minutes so If you’re new to meditation this is a perfect way to get started.

Afterwards there will be an opportunity to share the sensations and thoughts that went through your mind during the short meditation session. I will also give you tips and suggestions for your next nature-focused trip to Japan.

■ This experience is for families, schools, and corporate clients too. I have hosted groups of psychologists, teachers, and teams from IBM, Spotify, and Qualcomm, among others. Book this for birthdays, anniversaries, and team-building events!
Most tourists visit Fushimi Inari Shrine for the thousand torii gates, but rarely do they delve deeper into the shrine's history and tradition. Learn about Shinto rituals and how forest bathing is done at one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines (Fushimi Inari was founded 1,300 years ago!)

I have recorded videos and audio that will make it seem that you are really at one with the forest at Fushimi Inari. We will visit shrines for various gods to…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Lee can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at $77.

What to bring

  • Fast and stable internet connection (mobile 3G/4G connections not recommended)
  • A device with a camera and microphone so we can see and hear each other
  • A quiet room where you can sit comfortably
From $11
/ person
Fri, Oct 2
6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
Join 1 other guest
$13 per person
$13 per person
Fri, Oct 2
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
Join 1 other guest
$13 per person
$13 per person
Mon, Oct 5
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
$13 per person
$13 per person

Meet your host, Lee

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 200 Reviews
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I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia as a documentary producer for Al Jazeera English. Then I came to Japan to read Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo 9 years ago.

Over the last 3 years I have guided over 1,600 guests on Discover the Alternative Fushimi Inari (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/269136), one of the top-rated experiences in Kyoto. I go to Fushimi Inari every day, so the locals on the mountain know me well and have shared many stories with me.

Come on my experience to hear their stories, and forest bathe together with the sounds and images of nature that I have recorded at Fushimi Inari.
I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia as a documentary producer for Al Jazeera English. Then I came to Japan to read Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo 9 years ago.

Over the last 3 years I have guided over 1,600 guests on Discover the Alternative Fushimi Inari (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/269136), one of the top-rated experiences in Kyoto. I go to Fushimi Inari every day, so the locals on the mountain know me well and have shared many stories with me…
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 200 reviews.

Julia
September 2020
That was the most wonderful experience! I really felt like I got to travel to a new place, meet a new wonderful friend and get a new perspective on life. Travelling is one of the things I miss the most with Covid, and this felt like a wonderful substitute for something that has been missing in life! I loved hearing Lee’s stories, and finding out about life on the mountain. It was a wonderful, relaxing experience. I will have the images of forest bathing in the waterfalls in my mind for a very long time. Thank you Lee!!!
That was the most wonderful experience! I really felt like I got to travel to a new place, meet a new wonderful friend and get a new perspective on life. Travelling is one of the t…
Sara
September 2020
Great experience and Lee was a fascinating speaker. He is very friendly and makes you feel very relaxed. The information he shares and the stories he tells are really interesting. It was an interactive session and it was nice to join in with the simple meditation. I find it helped that I had visited Japan before as I could really put everything into context.
Great experience and Lee was a fascinating speaker. He is very friendly and makes you feel very relaxed. The information he shares and the stories he tells are really interesting.…
Rosemary
September 2020
Lee is an excellent and welcoming guide. I learned a lot, gained perspective and left completely restored, just what I imagine I’d get from physical forest bathing! I look forward to more adventures with Lee!
Kim Fung
September 2020
I went to fushimi inari before and this was a totally different experience. It has more depth to it like getting to know the history, the folklore, how everything came to be. Me and my husband are a a bit shy and this was our first time trying a virtual tour like this. However, lee made us feel comfortable and was really nice.
I went to fushimi inari before and this was a totally different experience. It has more depth to it like getting to know the history, the folklore, how everything came to be. Me an…
Marla
September 2020
Lee is a gifted story-teller who is clearly passionate about sharing his experiences with others. He took my staff and I on a virtual tour of a beautiful, sacred place, sharing its culture and traditions, sights and sounds just about as realistically as possible. His ability to connect with others and his knowledge of the history and traditions of Kyoto were impressive and so very much appreciated. He engaged the adults in our group as well as their children who joined. We loved this experience! I highly recommend this experience to anyone of any age. Thank you so much, Lee!
Lee is a gifted story-teller who is clearly passionate about sharing his experiences with others. He took my staff and I on a virtual tour of a beautiful, sacred place, sharing its…
Vicki
September 2020
This is a MUST do—definitely the best experience I have had with these AirBnB on line events. It was engaging, beautiful, enlightening and personal. My friends and I learned a lot about another place and culture and felt so involved. Lee is a delight and went out of his way to adapt this to our needs and wishes. We didn’t just look at a bunch of pictures and listen to him talk. The video along with things he had us do made us feel more like we were there. FABULOUS!!
This is a MUST do—definitely the best experience I have had with these AirBnB on line events. It was engaging, beautiful, enlightening and personal. My friends and I learned a lot…

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    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
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    $13 per person
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    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
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    $13 per person
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    7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
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    $13 per person
  • Sat, Oct 3
    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $14 per person
  • Sat, Oct 3
    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
    $14 per person
  • Sat, Oct 3
    7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $13 per person
  • Sun, Oct 4
    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
    $14 per person
  • Sun, Oct 4
    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $13 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

This experience is best done in a comfortable and quiet part of your home because we will be practicing meditation together at the end.