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Historical Walking Tour of Otsu City with Famous Woodcraft's Workshop tour near Kyoto



With this tour you will be exploring the historical area of the Shiga Prefecture's Sakamoto area, highly known for Hieizan Enryakuji which was designated as a World Heritage Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994. This area was famous for the harsh buddhist training where Buddhist monk would have to walk for 1000 Days to complete their training.
You will also be visiting the Nakagawa Woodcrafting Workshop, where you will be able to interact with a craftsman that has been acknowledged by Dom Pérignon to make its' official champagne cooler, and many other outstanding wood crafts. Here you will be able to interact with the craftsman and watch demonstrations of their work.

If you have some time in Kyoto why don't you explore the Otsu city and take in the historical culture and it's magnificent wood crafts. Only here will you have an in-depth view of a traditional Japanese woodcraft.

For your information:
Widely known in the Otsu city Sakamoto area is the story of the Hiei Mountain's "1000 Day Mountain Walking Training".

The buddhist monk will walk around the mountains visiting 300 of the holy areas. Every day the monk would walk 48 km, for 1000 days. Even if the monk is injured, sick, and in the harshest weather the monk must continue with his training. If the monk cannot continue with this training they would have to commit suicide. 

Only a few have overcame this training, and at the Sakamoto area at the Jiganji Temple is a monk who has lived to tell his story.

Nakagawa Woodcrafting Workshop
This traditional woodcraft has been passed down from 700 years. This beautiful crafts has even caught the eye of Dom Pérignon and also Louis Vuitton, making collaboration work in the past.

Price per person: Please contact us
For more information please see below.

Tour Detail

Tour Style

-There will be an English speaking guide
-This will be a private tour

Group Size

Min. 1
Max. 8


1 day

Meeting Point

Meeting place: Kyoto City or Otsu City.


Operating Days

Everyday except for Mondays

Tour Itinerary

Hotel pick up within Kyoto City or Otsu City.
View of Biwa Lake
Tour of Nakagawa Woodcraft Workshop
Sakamoto area walking tour

What's Included

-English speaking guide
-Transportation fee during tour
-Nakagawa Woodcraft Workshop tour

What's not Included

-Transportation fee to the meeting point
-Lunch Fee
-Admission fee
-Transportation fee back after the tour ended

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 7 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 6 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 6 days and 3 day: 50% of the program charge
- 2 day before or no show: 100% of the program charge