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Cultural Walk, Short Hike & Campfire

Kyōto-shi, Japan

Experience hosted by Vacilis

2.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

After meeting up near Ginkakuji, we'll walk through a quiet and beautiful residential area , towards the Kitashirakawaten Shrine. In an area of Kyoto with so many important places, this is a less known shrine but it's certainly worth a quick visit, even more when it's dark. After that, we'll carry on along the hiking trail that goes all the way up to the top of Hieizan but we'll only climb the first hill of Uryuyama, an easy, short hike, that it should take us 15-20mins. Up there, we'll start a small fire and enjoy some hot coffee and biscuits. And then it's all the way back down to the starting point. No need for hiking boots or walking sticks but sports shoes with a good grip are recommended.
Other things to note
- Cancelled in case of severe weather conditions.

- I'm a trained and certified First Aider.

- Toilets available only at the staring point.
(you can always go in the forest! )
After meeting up near Ginkakuji, we'll walk through a quiet and beautiful residential area , towards the Kitashirakawaten Shrine. In an area of Kyoto with so many important places, this is a less known shrine but it's certainly worth a quick visit, even more when it's dark. After that, we'll carry on along the hiking trail that goes all the way up to the top of Hieizan but we'll only climb the first hill of Uryuyama, an easy, short hike, that it…

What's included

  • Food
    Biscuits
  • Drinks
    Coffee
  • Equipment
    Torch, bell, mat, cushion, blanket

Meet your host, Vacilis

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 30 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Nature lover, outdoor-skills enthusiast, experienced wilderness hiker & camper. Since moving to Kyoto, about 4 years ago , I have spent many days as well nights up in the local mountains, rigorously exploring the countryside, and the many temples & shrines in it. Two years ago, I decided to follow my passion and started organising hiking events for kids and adults, sharing my experience and skills.
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Where you'll be

We'll start our walk from the Ginkakuji area and we'll head towards the , somewhat eery Kitashirakawaten Shrine. After that , it's a short hike (20 mins) up the Uryuyama trail.
Rebekah And Andrew
November 2019
This is a must for anyone visiting Kyoto. We enjoyed ourselves so much and the experience was educational and fun. We got to see some wildlife, learn about the local and gain some basic wilderness skills. Make this one of your activities whilst in the area, you wont regret it.
This is a must for anyone visiting Kyoto. We enjoyed ourselves so much and the experience was educational and fun. We got to see some wildlife, learn about the local and gain some…
Jonathan
October 2019
Must Do! This experience does involve walking and hiking up a location in the woods, but is something I completely recommend. If you have any inkling of hiking in Japan, you'll get a great introduction of what to experience. Vacilis is extremely friendly and knows the lay of the land really well.
Must Do! This experience does involve walking and hiking up a location in the woods, but is something I completely recommend. If you have any inkling of hiking in Japan, you'll get…
Melanie
October 2019
The cultural night walk in Kyoto is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Never did I imagine that hiking and building a campfire would be included in my trip to Japan. Vacilis was an amazing host who went above and beyond to give my sister and I an amazing experience. It was culturally enriching to learn about the history of Kyoto during the Meiji era as well as the meaning and history behind the architecture of traditional houses. In addition, it was such a blast to go hiking and learn about the wildlife in Japan, as well as the hear the host tell stories of his various experiences on the mountain. When we arrived at the summit, the views were surreal, Kyoto had never looked so beautiful. At the end of the night, Vacilis was even kind enough to walk us to the bus stop. We had such a wonderful time that night, it was truly an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights from our trip to Japan!
The cultural night walk in Kyoto is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Never did I imagine that hiking and building a campfire would be included in my trip to Japan. Vacilis wa…
Emily
October 2019
Vacilis was an amazing host! He told great stories and he had so much experience and background on hiking. My sister and I had a once-in-a-life-time adventure! I could not recommend this enough! This was my favorite activity I did in Kyoto.
Vincent
August 2019
Très bonne expérience avec Vacilis malheureusement écourtée par une pluie torrentielle que mes enfants ont eu du mal à supporter malgré leurs vêtements de pluie. Vacilis a été très prévenant et nous a proposé de terminer l’expérience un autre soir . J’ai apprécié cette attention et ai beaucoup aimé la passion qu’il a su nous transmettre sur la première partie du parcours avant la pluie. A recommander chaudement donc.
Très bonne expérience avec Vacilis malheureusement écourtée par une pluie torrentielle que mes enfants ont eu du mal à supporter malgré leurs vêtements de pluie. Vacilis a été très…
Simon
July 2019
Vacilis was an incredible host whose fascinating for hiking and nature made this trip a one-of-kijd experience in Kyoto. The view over Kyoto, together with biscuits and warm coffee was nice, too. We saw a variety of wild animals in the forest including deers, frogs, centipedes, moths and butterflies which was amazing. With his long experience and passion for hiking/camping I always feel safe and could enjoy his knowledge about Japanese history and spirituality. Thank you Vasilis :)
Vacilis was an incredible host whose fascinating for hiking and nature made this trip a one-of-kijd experience in Kyoto. The view over Kyoto, together with biscuits and warm coffee…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes and warm clothes

Raingear (if needed)