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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Forest Bathe in Kyoto's Sacred Mountain

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 194 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. Teams from IBM, Spotify, and Qualcomm, among others, have booked this for their 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
Book for 2 guests, save 5% or more
Sun, Sep 27
6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
Join 5 other guests
$13 per person
$13 per person
Sun, Sep 27
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
Join 2 other guests
$13 per person
$13 per person
Sun, Sep 27
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
Join 1 other guest
$13 per person
$13 per person

Meet your host, Lee

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 194 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 194 reviews.

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…
Stacy
September 2020
This is everything it's described to be...but so much more! What a treat to be transported into the woods in Kyoto for a special tour with Lee - who makes it so personal and special...you just want to reach through the screen and join him for tea and sweeping. I wish i could do this again and again..
This is everything it's described to be...but so much more! What a treat to be transported into the woods in Kyoto for a special tour with Lee - who makes it so personal and specia…
Jessica
September 2020
Wow!!! What an amazing experience! I was truly blown away by how interesting it was. It was also extremely well organized, thought out, and interactive. Initially I wasn’t sure if this would keep my interest, but I was blown away. Lee does an EXCEPTIONAL job leading this. If you are on the fence about booking this experience, just do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Wow!!! What an amazing experience! I was truly blown away by how interesting it was. It was also extremely well organized, thought out, and interactive. Initially I wasn’t sure if…
Christina
September 2020
This was a perfect COVID-friendly activity to celebrate my mom's birthday! Lee provided a great balance of interesting information/education, fun stories and laughs, and stunning scenery. I hope next time we can go in person!
Kathryn
September 2020
Lee was so knowledgeable about the place and the history. He was so friendly and welcoming. Also he provided a really good mix -- with lots of well thought-out preparation -- of personal and historical/cultural information about Kyoto and the shrines. This made me want to visit Japan, but also reminded me to immerse myself in the beauty and sensory experience wherever I happen to be.
Lee was so knowledgeable about the place and the history. He was so friendly and welcoming. Also he provided a really good mix -- with lots of well thought-out preparation -- of pe…
Bettina
September 2020
I have been to Japan a few times in the past but I have never been to the places Lee took us to and now I realise how much better it is to go with a guide who is so knowledgeable about the places and culture and history of the place. Good preparation for a hiking trip to Japan which I would definitely love to do when we can travel again.
I have been to Japan a few times in the past but I have never been to the places Lee took us to and now I realise how much better it is to go with a guide who is so knowledgeable a…

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  • Sun, Sep 27
    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
    Join 5 other guests
    $13 per person
  • Sun, Sep 27
    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $13 per person
  • Sun, Sep 27
    7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    Join 1 other guest
    $13 per person
  • Mon, Sep 28
    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
    Join 1 other guest
    $13 per person
  • Mon, Sep 28
    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
    $13 per person
  • Mon, Sep 28
    7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    $13 per person
  • Tue, Sep 29
    6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $13 per person
  • Tue, Sep 29
    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (EDT)
    Join 3 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.