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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Forest Bathe in Kyoto's Sacred Mountain

Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Lee

75 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Most tourists visit Fushimi Inari Shrine for the thousand torii gates, but rarely do they delve deeper into the shrine's history and tradition. Learn about Shinto rituals and how forest bathing is done at one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines (founded 1,300 years ago!)

I have recorded high-quality video that will make it seem that you are really at one with the forest at Fushimi Inari. We will visit shrines for various gods to learn what Shinto gods are like, witness the rituals used to appeal to them, and see two ways that people have tried to speak to the gods here. I will be narrating live throughout and you can ask questions anytime.

We will look at 5 ways people meditate here at Fushimi Inari, and you’ll learn to how do mindfulness meditation at a sacred waterfall in a secret part of the shrine that tourists normally miss out on. We will sit together for just a couple of minutes so if you’re new to meditation this is a perfect way to get started. Once you've been on this you'll be able to practice forest bathing wherever you are.

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Most tourists visit Fushimi Inari Shrine for the thousand torii gates, but rarely do they delve deeper into the shrine's history and tradition. Learn about Shinto rituals and how forest bathing is done at one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines (founded 1,300 years ago!)

I have recorded high-quality video that will make it seem that you are really at one with the forest at Fushimi Inari. We will visit shrines for various gods to learn what Shint…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Lee can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at £101.

What to bring

  • Fast and stable internet connection (not mobile 3G or 4G)
  • Webcam and mic so we can see and hear each other
  • A quiet room where you can sit comfortably

Continue this series

This experience is 1 of 3 in the series Discover Japan’s Culture and Spirituality
From £14
/ person
Mon, 8 Mar
£17 per person
06:00 - 07:15 (EST)
Join 1 other guest
£17 per person
Mon, 8 Mar
£17 per person
16:30 - 17:45 (EST)
Join 3 other guests
£17 per person
Tue, 9 Mar
£17 per person
16:30 - 17:45 (EST)
£17 per person

Meet your host, Lee

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 459 Reviews
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I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia on documentaries commissioned by Al Jazeera English. Then I came to Japan to read Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo 9 years ago.

Over the last 3 years I have guided over 1,600 guests on Discover the Alternative Fushimi Inari (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/269136), one of the top-rated experiences in Kyoto. I am a familiar face at Fushimi Inari, so the locals on the mountain know me well and have shared many stories with me.

Come on my experience to hear their stories, and forest bathe together with the sounds and images of nature that I have recorded at Fushimi Inari.
I was born in Singapore and worked across Asia on documentaries commissioned by Al Jazeera English. Then I came to Japan to read Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo 9 years ago.

Over the last 3 years I have guided over 1,600 guests on Discover the Alternative Fushimi Inari (https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/269136), one of the top-rated experiences in Kyoto. I am a familiar face at Fushimi Inari, so the locals on the mountain know me well and have shared many stories with…
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 459 reviews.

Echo
March 2021
Lee is a super warm and interesting host, and his online experience allows me to re-discover the Kyoto Irani Shrine. I look forward to practicing his meditation tips and re-visiting Kyoto soon!
Kate
March 2021
Lee has created a magical experience that truly makes you feel as if you're in Kyoto. He's a warm and creative host who will make you want to move to Japan immediately. It felt more like chatting with an old friend than a stranger half way across the world. I truly cannot recommend this experience enough! Mori is super cute too
Lee has created a magical experience that truly makes you feel as if you're in Kyoto. He's a warm and creative host who will make you want to move to Japan immediately. It felt mor…
Ilene
March 2021
Lee was a super guide, full of interesting stories, beautiful video hikes and soothing meditations. I was so impressed by this virtual trip I wish I could fly to Kyoto and hike with Lee now.
Jes
March 2021
What a lovely experience. Lee really helps you feel as if you were there and helps you to see new worlds from ancient shrines to Pokemon. I would love to visit these sites in person when covid is over.
Laura
February 2021
Lee is a wonderful host! His passion shines through and the videos he created were beautiful and engaging. He took special care to connect with everyone individually while creating a group experience. We go to learn more about Kyoto and forest bathing, slow our minds down, dabble in some mindfulness practices, focus on Kyoto's beautiful forest, and discover some wonderful tips for our future trip to Kyoto! And we had fun! Definitely recommended.
Lee is a wonderful host! His passion shines through and the videos he created were beautiful and engaging. He took special care to connect with everyone individually while creating…
Ling
February 2021
Lee brought us a wonderful experience in learning Kyoto shrines and nature, not just a conversation, but more, a visual, audio and spiritual enjoyment. I look forward to visiting Lee and Japan soon. Thank you

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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

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.