Start trekking on the old pilgrimage, which is like KOYASAN in the northern Kansai region. Before the temple, you will see NIO gate, only one national treasure in northern Kyoto. It is about 1 hour up to the temple. then have a lunch here. then go to the huge tree forest. You will see Japanese cedar tree and fir tree. and the highlight is 2000 year-old horse chest nut tree. Wothout the guiding tour, it is hard to visit by yourself because no direction in English. it is about 2 hours up to the horse chestnut tree. In early summer, it will refresh you by full of green. and in autumn, you can find the mountain has a layered color.and at the last, in winter. you can enjoy snowshoe hiking. Afterward, you can enjoy ONSEN(hot spring) to relax.
I moved from Osaka. I was a backpacker, traveling around the world twice. and was a tour guide who traveled around the world and now settled down in countryside of Japan, working as licensed English guide. Since I move in Ayabe, I found out lots of traditional life style. Just like local cuisine. I would like to preserve these local lifestyle and what they know. And the staff were local ladies group, who wants to keep their knowledge last in the future. it is more than making just Japanese dessert but also you will learn lots from them for sure
Local lunch box (BENTO)
There are shampoo and body wash in Onsen.
Ayabe is only one hour distance from Kyoto. but you will see another Kyoto here. So much nature and unbeaten place. At first, you will be surprised there is no tourist around. you will feel relaxing being here. and there are lots of giants three like Japanese cedar tree. At the end you will 2000 year-old horse chestnut.In the end , I will take you to Onseb.(hot spring)
Ayabe is not Kyoto city. you have to take train to get to JR Aayba station. but it is only 1 hour by ltd express. While riding on the train, you will see the countryside scenery.
2000-year-old tree is waiting for you