English Guided Tour in Kawaguchiko! Stroll Around Oshino Hakkai and Zen Meditation Experience

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Fujikanko Travel offers English-guide day tours that allow you to experience Japanese culture on a deeper level. This time, we will introduce a 5-hour tour that includes Oshino Hakkai and a Zen meditation experience at Toenji Temple.

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A Unique Japanese Experience at Oshino Hakkai

The tour we are introducing this time includes a stroll around Oshino Hakkai and a Zen meditation experience. First, you will walk around Oshino Hakkai, one of the Component Parts of World Heritage, accompanied by an English guide. Then, at Touenji Temple, which is a five-minute walk from Oshino Hakkai, you will listen to a sermon by the head priest and then experience Zen meditation. You can enjoy a truly Japanese experience, getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and facing your own heart in silence.

After the Zen meditation, you will visit the Watanabe family home, the oldest private residence in Oshino Village, built in the late 18th century, to see important weapons and books from that time. At the Hannoki Restaurant on the same premises, you will enjoy the tour's original set of Yamanashi local cuisine "hoto" and "salt-grilled rainbow trout" bred with snowmelt from Mt. Fuji. After lunch, you will have about an hour of free time to explore.

Please soothe your everyday mental fatigue by visiting the deep, clear, mystical ponds of Oshino Hakkai and experiencing the Japanese Buddhist teaching of Zen meditation. All guides will be in English, so even if you don't understand Japanese at all, you can participate with confidence.

Tour Information

*The tour takes approximately 5 hours.

*Tours can be booked for two or more people.

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Schedule Example

9:00am: Meet at Kawaguchiko Sta. and move to Oshino Village

9:30am: Oshino Village and Oshino Hakkai Springs

9:45am: Walk around Shinnajo River

10:00am: Zen meditation experience at Touenji Temple

11:00am: Oshino Sengen Shrine

11:15: Museum "Hazel Forest" / Bottomless Pond

11:45am: Lunch

12:30pm: Free time to explore

13:30: Departure from Oshino

14:00: End of tour at Kawaguchiko Sta.

A Mini Souvenir!

Those who participate in the tour will receive a souvenir of Oshino's specialty, "Kusamochi."

1. Oshino Hakkai: Enjoy the Primitive Japanese Scenery

Oshino Hakkai is a group of eight beautiful spring-fed ponds that are fed by the melting snow of Mt. Fuji, and are characterized by their highly transparent blue water. You can enjoy the original Japanese scenery while learning about the historical background of worship of Mt. Fuji.

2. Shinnasho River: Best Spot to See Mt. Fuji!

This is a first-class river that is also one of the sources of the Katsura River, and offers a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. In spring, about 600 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees bloom along the river.

3. Touenji Temple: Enjoy the Beautiful Nature

Founded in the Heian period as a training center for ascetic practices on Mount Fuji, Touenji Temple is located in a quiet area surrounded by beautiful nature. The traditional architecture of the main hall and the Kannon statue bring a sense of peace to all who visit. This temple, which is deeply connected to the local culture, is loved by many worshippers.

4. Oshino Sengen Shrine: A Power Spot at the Foot of Mt. Fuji!

Located in a beautiful forest, it has long been worshipped as the guardian deity of Mount Fuji. The grounds feature a stately main hall and large cedar trees, creating a quiet, sacred atmosphere.

5. "Hanu no Kirin" Museum: Learn the History of Oshino Village

This museum was opened to the public as the Watanabe family home, the oldest thatched roof house in Oshino Village, built in the late 18th century. It displays information about the history, culture, and natural environment of Oshino Village, and also features exhibits on local traditional crafts and lifestyles from long ago.

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The northern foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture is a stunning area of Japan that has plenty to offer visitors. At the foot of Mt. Fuji, including ”Arakurayama Sengen Park”, which offers a view of Mt. Fuji and the iconic five-story pagoda, "Chureito." The Kawaguchiko Momiji Corridor is also a must-visit during the autumn season when visitors can see the colorful leaves. Our company, based in Lake Kawaguchiko, operates various facilities that utilize the natural resources of Mt. Fuji. These include the theme park "Fuji Subaru Land," which offers a range of exciting rides and attractions, and the Fujiten Snow Resort, where visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can also sample the world-famous "Fujizakura Heights Beer," made using natural water “Fujizakura Meisui” , or relax in the natural hot spring, "Fuji Chobo no yu Yurari," . We will clearly communicate the charm of Mt. Fuji, which changes with the seasons, from the base of Mt. Fuji in Kawaguchiko.

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