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history walk

Explore spiritual power spots in Nara!

history walk

Explore spiritual power spots in Nara!

46 reviews
Duration
6 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Tickets
Hosted in
English, Japanese
history walk

Explore spiritual power spots in Nara!

history walk

Explore spiritual power spots in Nara!

46 reviews
Duration
6 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Tickets
Hosted in
English, Japanese

What you'll do

Many foreign tourists to Nara usually visit only the major sites in Nara city, but Nara, as the birth place of Japan, has a lot more to offer. If you are rather disappointed by too modernized Japan, and looking for something deep, then, Yamato is waiting for you to be discovered! After meeting at JR Nara station, I will take you to my favorite Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple by trains and walking. Both of them are surrounded by beautiful nature, and its origins are full of history and legends. As a spiritual power spots, they have been worshipped by the people from all over Japan over 1300 years. •Explore the oldest and the first ranking shrine in Yamato, “Ohmiwa Shrine” with history since the time of mythology. •Drink the holy spring water of Sai shrine from sacred Mt. Miwa, believed to heal any diseases. • Visit Hase Temple deep in the mountain with seasonal beauty with flowers to worship one of the biggest wooden statue of Kannon, goddess of mercy. Along the way, I will explain the Japanese history, difference between Shintoism and Buddhism, and spiritual wisdom and traditions and more. Of course, according to your request. Any questions are welcomed, too.

Your host

Learn more about Akiko

Akiko

I grew up in Yamato region in Nara, the birth place of Japan as a nation and home of Japanese spirituality. I’m living in Nara city as a government-licensed tour guide since 2009. So far, I've guided many (first visitors and repeaters) who had deep, strong interest in Japan. I’m very much aware of the true value of the spiritual heritage of Japan, which is rarely explained to the tourists in English. And the perfect place to share that is Yamato, Nara, my local area! I love history and enjoy meeting with new people and taking them to my favorite sites in the off-the-beaten path.

What's included

Food
Japanese sweets I know a good local shop to get "kusa mochi", rice cake flavored with sweet bean jam.
Drinks
A bottled water After drinking, you may keep the empty bottle to get some holy water from "Sai Shrine".
Tickets
Ticket to Hase Temple

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Where you'll be

1. Meet at the JR Nara Station. 2. Take the local JR train about 30 minutes, and walk 10 minutes to "Ohmiwa Shrine", believed to be the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. I grew up seeing Mt. Miwa, the target of worship. Get holy water at Sai Shrine. 3. Take JR and Kintetsu train about 30 minutes, and walk 20 minutes to "Hase dera Temple". Get "kusa mochi", local speciality rice cake for snack on the way.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Open-minded to respect both Shinto and Buddhist deities and the spirits in nature.

More tips

Please join the tour with comfortable shoes & clothing. With respect, please be reminded not to talk loudly or take photos in a sacred ground. The tour may take longer due to the train schedule.

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Akiko
Explore spiritual power spots in Nara!
46 reviews
From $71/person
46 reviews
From $71/person