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  • Bethany Bethany

    Japanese Sword Forge Private Tour & Lesson in Kameoka, Kyoto

    Japanese Sword Forge Private Tour & Lesson in Kameoka, Kyoto The experience has been a highlight for my son and I, both Masahiro's explanation of the history of sword making in Japan and the practical lesson in making our own knives was excellent.
    We were picked up by Masahiro from Kameoka Station and then taken to his home and forge where we were provided with a detailed explanation of the types of Japanese swords and their components. We then went through the process of making our own knife using the Forge. This was fantastic and the highlight of the tour as we were able to transform a piece of metal into a beautiful knife in the space of a few hours.
    We didn't have the interpreter as part of our tour, however, Masahiro was able to easily explain to us how to do each element of the forging process.
    I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in sword making or Japanese culture.

  • Ayako Ayako

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour I have been to Ryoanji Temple many times, but this time on a guided tour, I gained a new appreciation for it. As a person who never really thinks about history, learning about Ryoanji’s past and the background really helped me to feel the history of the place. I lost count the number of times a said “wow”! It was a very special experience, one that I wholeheartedly recommend for others, looking for a new way to appreciate Kyoto.

  • Ross Ross

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour

    Exclusive Private Ryoanji Temple Insider Tour I have been to Ryoanji several times in my 15years in Japan. I have always enjoyed it; it is beautiful and very peaceful. I never thought about it in any other terms, that is until my last visit! We met a guide, from the temple who proceeded to show us around the more restricted areas and explain about the history and relevance of certain pieces of art. To say it was interesting is something of an understatement. I love history, so to hear about when and how Ryoanji started was an eye opener for me. And, more pertinent, was the explanation of the temple, which is usually off limits to tourists. Whenever I have visited Ryoanji in the past, I merely thought of it as a rock garden and little more. It is easy to overlook the fact that it is first and foremost a temple; a place of worship. Upon entering the temple section of the building, I was immediately filled with a sense of awe. I am not a religious person, however it was hard not to be moved by what we saw. Lining the walls on the passage way to the ‘altar’ for want of a better word, were the memorials for past temple parishioners. The way they had been memorialized was quite moving. This was a place if deep, intimate meaning for the locals, and it is easy to overlook this as a regular tourist.It was an honor and a privilege to be privy to such an important place, and for anyone with an appreciation of history and culture, it will be well worth the visit.

  • Megan Megan

    Half-day Morning Walking Tour of Nara from Kyoto by Train

    Half-day Morning Walking Tour of Nara from Kyoto by Train Hiro was a fantastic guide! This tour was informative, fun, and relaxed. The built in cost of tickets as well as a couple of short breaks made this casual tour very enjoyable. Hiro was even kind enough to document our tour in photos and send them to us via email! We would strongly recommend it!

  • Patrick Patrick

    Japanese Sword Forge Private Tour & Lesson in Kameoka, Kyoto

    Japanese Sword Forge Private Tour & Lesson in Kameoka, Kyoto It was a great experience and we lurned how to make a simple japanes knive. We really like it. But the translator doesn t speak enought english. It was very dificult to understand what he was saying and almost imposible to make questions about specifics details. He was inventing words and finally we stop asking and only following.