Guided forest trekking
Guided forest trekking
$280 USD per person
Minimum of two participants required. Solo guests may book at the price of two participants.
Please make your booking at least one week in advance.
Detox with a nature hike through Kyoto's protected and limited-access forest
Location: Nantan, Kyoto
7 people max. Minimum of two participants required (solo guests may book at the price of two participants).
Offered in Japanese and English
The Ashiu Forest Research Station (AFRS) is a research site under the management of Kyoto University. Located in the northeast area of Kyoto Prefecture, AFRS covers 4,186 hectares of land. A variety of unique biodiversities can be discovered there, drawing in local and global researchers, as well as nature-lovers to the site. The luscious forest is protected from human activity and closed off to the public, with only certified personnel permitted to enter or tour Ashiu Forest. Throughout the trek, a forest guide will explain the diverse aspects of the forest, conservation efforts, and point out interesting signs of the forest’s flora and fauna. Step away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s cities and become one with the woods.
What you’ll do
Meet your guide at their office near Ohmi Takashima station at 8am and then head to the forest together! Enjoy the rigorous hike led by a local guide who will point out rare flora and tell stories about the forest. Stop for lunch to enjoy the delicious handmade bento lunch provided before hiking back and getting dropped off at the office at 5pm.
Who can attend
Children must be 12+
You must be able to handle lightly strenuous exercise with some uphill terrain.
What else you should know
Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated so if you are vegetarian or have food allergies, kindly bring your own food with you.
Required gear: Rain jacket, hat, backpack, long sleeve shirt, hiking pants (jeans and skirts are not allowed), hiking boots, hiking sticks, gloves, quick-dry socks (not cotton). Plastic bag for trash, ziplock bag, kleenex, water, snacks, hand towel, insect repellant, first aid kit, emergency toilet.
If you do not have the gear listed above, please contact us regarding rental options. (See prices below). At the time of booking, please indicate what items you will rent. Please pay the tour-guide directly in cash for rental items on the day of experience. Rain suit (Jacket and pants) 2000 JPY, Hiking backpack 500 JPY, Boots and socks 2000 JPY, Activewear leggings 500 JPY, Gloves 500 JPY
Session 1 (8:00-17:00)
45 minutes from Kyoto Station.
Please make your booking at least one week in advance. See cancellation policy here.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.