Kyoto SlowJourney

Kyoto SlowJourney

A slow journey is a trip with "minimal environmental impact where one can make connections with others, contribute to the community, and live the slow life." In Kyoto today, there are movements towards achieving new carbon neutral lifestyles with an aim to achieve a prosperous society defined by a culture co-existing with nature, where people can choose a sustainable way of life that's right for them based on a mindset of frugality. At the base of those new movements are value systems and patterns of behavior rooted in "connections between people and with nature" that have been passed down from ancient times through daily life. A slow journey through Kyoto aims to participate in that daily life in Kyoto, co-creating the low-carbon, slow lifestyle. The destination of this journey is the area known as Murasakino / Shichiku, located in northern Kyoto City (called Rakuhoku). This area is bounded to the north by production sites for traditional Kyoto vegetables, Nishijin to the south, Okitayama Mountain to the west, and Kamogawa River to the east. At the center is Daitoku-ji Temple, Imamiya-jinja Shrine, and other religious buildings in a rich natural setting and culture, as well as the people who live there and are accustomed to such a setting. In this journey, travelers will experience the recycling and sharing culture of the local lifestyle together with local residents. Take a walk along Kamogawa River. Enjoy shopping while chatting with other people in the shopping district. Spend time with people cohabiting an old Japanese-style house. This is a lifestyle and culture that is experienced in dialogue with everyone else. On an individual basis, this is just casual everyday life in Kyoto. But take a walk together with the community manager who provides local guidance and engage in numerous discussions with residents and participants, and then take a second look at your own self and community life. There will be hints all over the place for how to achieve a sustainable lifestyle and way of life for all participants. Kyoto is a community of relationships that relies on mutual support among people and nature itself. Local residents form cross-reaching connections with various communities in their lives. Why not experience their "everyday" yet one-and-only lifestyle together with them?



Minimum Number of Passengers
4 participants
Maximum Capacity
10 participants
Participation Restrictions
Not available
Meeting and Exchange Areas
In front of the northern ticket gate at Kitaoji Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line
Koyama Kitakamifusa-cho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City
Open Period
Closed on certain days
Meeting Times and Business Hours
Tour Schedule
12:30 PM: Meet at Kitaoji Station. 12:40 PM: Nature walk along the Kamogawa River, a symbol of the Kyoto lifestyle, with the local community manager. 1:30 PM: Visit the Imamiya-jinja Shrine, which has been watching over the city for over a thousand years since the Heian period. 2:20 PM: Receive an aburimochi rice cake, a traditional Kyoto snack, at the world's oldest restaurant. 3:00 PM: Experience life in an old Japanese-style house, designated as a Kyoto City historical structure, turned into a share house for entrepreneurs. 3:30 PM: Go shopping in the shopping district while interacting with the owners of stores selling local specialties and the old ladies of the shopping district. 4:30 PM: Tour shared facilities that have been repurposed and transformed from vacant houses into community hub spaces. 5:00 PM: Return to the old Japanese-style house for a cultural activity out of everyday Kyoto life while having a dialogue with others. (Content of this activity depends on the season.) 6:00 PM: Sharing of lessons with others. 6:30 PM: End.
Required Time
6 hours
Provision of Meals
Meals are not provided
Open to meal requests
Not available
Universal accessibility
No parking lot, so park in nearby parking areas.
Not available
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