A nostalgic Japanese countryside
The magnificent Saijyouji Temple and nostalgic scenery of timeless beauty are to be found in Ashigara in Kanagawa, only a stone's throw from Tokyo. Streams, ponds and verdant rice paddies are aside traditional houses. The authentic scenery is adorned by bamboo groves and trees of various tints and hues.
The journey starts by taking the single-track Daiyuzan train and bus used by locals. Glimpsing everyday life, you arrive at the lowest gate of Saijyoji, a temple of Soto Zen Buddhism built 1394. Walking up from Nio-mon gate, the highest temples are not yet visible. Towering cedar trees and over 600 stupas line the stone path. Figures of legendary Tengu, guardian deities, and Holy animal protect and welcome visitors. Saijyoji has over 30 buildings and stands in its own extensive grounds of 128 hectares. Set in deep history, the heart is gently moved by the spiritual presence of Saijyoji in the beauty of each season.
For generations, people have lived in rural nature surrounded by unspoiled scenery. However, it is becoming rarer to find an authentic lifestyle so deeply engraved in the hearts of Japanese people. Discover another aspect of authenticity by visiting nearby Seto Shuzo with its 150 years of history.
This is your private tour. We only take 1 group per guide.
Visit the Saijoji Temple, one of the highest ranked temples in Japan.
Walk through the local Satoyama area and enjoy the beauty of Japanese seasons.
Visit a local Sake brewery and taste sake.
Ride on a single-track local train.
INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION
We normally go to one of the local Japanese restaurants. However we also have non-Japanese restaurants as an option for you to choose.
If you'd like to charter a private vehicle, please let us know. The fare is about $600 per day.
$500 for 1 person.
$600 for 2 people.
$200 for additional person.
children under the age of 13 = free.
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
1: Face masks required for guides in public areas.
2: Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
The policies on sanitization are:
1: Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
2: Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized (private vehicle).
The policies on staff health & safety are:
1: Guides required to regularly wash hands.
2: Regular temperature checks for staff.
3: Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms.
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