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Extraordinary Private Tour of Hyakusai-ji Temple and Stay in Ryokan Akekure in Shiga



You'll visit Hyakusai-ji Temple, which is only 90 minutes from Kyoto, one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in Omi, Shiga. You will experience a presentation by the chief Monk of the Temple, sutra copying and sake tasting. Their Sake has been highly evaluated by Imperial Palace, but Sake-production was discontinued about 444 years ago. Now it's revived thanks to public donation and you'll have a chance to taste this legendary Saka.

Omi has the great reputation for the birthplace of successful merchants and business people who later moved to Tokyo and Osaka for continued lucrative businesses.You will have the pleasure of walking around the historic preserved area known as “Gokasho” home of the victorious Omi merchants. Exclusive private stay at one of prestigious Ryokan in this region.


- Private cultural experiences at Kiken-in at Hyakusai-ji Temple not available for the public. Founded by Prince Shotoku, 16th Century Luis Frois, a Catholic missionary described this Temple as “Heaven on Earth”. View and experience a room reserved for special occasions visits from the chief priest of Enryakuji temple, the headquarters of Tendai sect of Buddhism.

-Accommodations provided by a local owner of a luxury hotel and restaurant Akekure, which is normally only available to VIP’s. You will enjoy culinary delights using seasonal ingredients carefully chosen from all over Japan and beautifully prepared and presented by a top chef from Kyoto.

-Enjoy and learn about the historic Omi merchants and philosophy.Since ancient times, the Omi region has been the key junction and merchants since this region were praised as “Omi Merchants”. “Sanpo Yoshi” originated and made famous means “benefits from all three sides”. All trades must not only benefit the buyer and seller, but must benefit society as well. Your guided tour through historic Omi merchant village will enlighten the century’s of successful business practices of the “Sanpo Yoshi”.

Price per person(1-night stay)
200,000 yen(2 person)
174,000 yen(3 person)
160,000 yen(4 persons or more)

Tour Detail

Tour Style

- Private tour.
- English Speaking Guide will accompany you

Group Size

Min. 2 persons
Max. 4 persons


12:00PM Meet at JR Notogawa station. Tour guide will accompany to the luxury hotel Akekure.
2:00PM Tour guide will accompany you from Akekure on the Hyakusai-ji Temple for following events:
- Mandokoro Tea
- Presentation from Chief Monk of temple and sutra copying
- Lecture on the history and culture
- Special Sake tasting of Hyakusaiji-Taru, from the exclusive barrel of Hyakusai-ji Temple
5:00PM Back to Akekure
6:00PM A delicious and specially prepared Kaiseki dinner

(Day 2)
8:00AM Breakfast and prepare for Omi Merchant tour
12:00PM Farewell at JR Notogawa station

Meeting Point

12:00(noon) Meet at JR Notogawa station.

Operating Day

All year around


What's included

-One night stay, lunch(Day1),dinner and breakfast
-English speaking attendant
-Other language guides are not available for this tour.

What's not included

-Transportation to and from the meeting/parting place
-Alcohol beverages during dinner

Other information

-Inform us in advance if you have any request for food such as allergy or restriction.
-Your reservation par email up until seven (8) business days prior to your designated tour date.
- Minimum age of participants :age 20

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent.
4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations may be cancelled without a charge up to 9 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled before 8 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 8 days and 3 day before: 20% of the program charge
- 2 day prior to tour date: 50% of the program charge
- 1 day before or on the day of event or no show: 100% of the program charge
*Time in JST