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Exploring Gotemba: Zen Experience and Hidden Gems
Organized by Anne and Lauren
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Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Explore the town at the base of Mt Fuji; try the local food, experience zen, and enjoy the culture of Gotemba.
Sample the local foods and craft beverages
Hear the stories of this historic town, and learn about life at the base of Mt. Fuji
A personal zen experience at a unique temple
Try your hand at a traditional craft at an indigo artist studio
A visit to a cafe for a relaxing cup of tea
An easy day trip outside of Tokyo, Gotemba is a historic town located at the base of Mt. Fuji. Although it’s famous for its impressive outlets, there’s a lot more to discover in Gotemba besides shopping. Spend the day discovering the hidden gems of one of the friendliest cities in Japan. The tour includes a lunch of the local Shizuoka-style soba noodles, a visit to a zen temple, and trying many local foods. During the experience, our expert guide will tell you all about the history and stories of Gotemba. You’ll get a good feel for the town as we walk to and from each location, and enjoy a variety of experiences. During the visit to the zen temple, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a person zen experience. The peaceful surroundings and unique experience will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. We’ll also take a trip to an indigo dying studio, and make a craft with the help of a multigenerational master craftsman. You’ll sample a variety of food and drinks, and get a chance to chat with locals at the various locations. And of course, no trip to this area is complete without sampling some of Shizuoka's famous green tea! Enjoy a day of walking and unforgettable experiences in Gotemba!
Lunch Food stop and some drinks included
Zen experience with an expert
Dining in a local restaurant
Craft experience at a multigenerational master indigo artist studio
Local English - speaking guide
Hotel pick up not included (can be arranged for an additional charge)
Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest expense)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet-up details will be sent to your provided email upon booking is confirmed. If you don't receive details, please contact us.
Please wear shoes that are comfortable for walking We look forward to seeing you soon!
A coastal prefecture located in central Japan between Tokyo and Osaka, Shizuoka is home to Mount Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan), beaches and hot spring resort towns, and a thriving agriculture industry producing some of the most delicious and highly coveted produce in Japan.
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Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(13 - 120)
(3 - 12)
Earliest available date: December 18, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.