Ike Village Walking Tour
Category: Japanese Culture, Local Experience
Japanese Village Life
Discover the spirit and culture of Japan by visiting a Japanese village. We'll visit the local temple and shrines, walk through neighborhoods and greet the residents, see the rice fields, vegetable gardens, and irrigation systems that sustained people for more than 1,000 years. There are many well preserved monuments and landmarks.
About the tour
Our tour begins at the Ike Community Center. We’ll walk along a road where we’ll see the opening to a 1 kilometer long tunnel that was dug by hand almost 150 years ago, and is still in use.
We’ll visit a roadside god that protected horses for local farmers.
We’ll tour the village rice fields, visit the very old and very important mountain and water shrines and walk through the residential area and talk to some locals if they’re out and about.
We’ll visit a 500 year old temple and learn the local folktale that describes its founding. And we’ll learn the stories behind several roadside stone carvings along the way.
As we walk, sacred Mt. Omuro, which belongs to Ike Village and has been a source of comfort and prosperity for more than 1,000 years, will be ever present.
Book The Ike Village Walking Tour
Times: Morning tour (9:30-12:00) | Afternoon tour (2:00-4:30pm)
Days: Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Cost: $165 per person (minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people per tour)
Difficulty: Easy/moderate – this is a roughly 3 kilometer walk along a flat landscape.
*The course is 90% wheelchair accessible.
The price above is for the tour only.
Jimmy’s Izu Tours is a Guide Only business. Japanese law allows us to collect payment for the guide service only. Customers must pay separately for transportation to/from the tour start/end points, and all other expenses.
Your guide will meet you at Izu Kogen train station. Turn right after you pass through the only exit, and walk out to the taxi stand.
We’ll meet and greet, then we’ll get you into a taxi to Ike Community Center, where our tour begins. (*Japanese law does not allow guides to transport clients without a special license).
If you are coming by car, then we’ll meet at Ike Community Center:
475-2 Ike, Itō, Shizuoka 413-0234, Japan