Hida Local Experience Hida Local Experience

Japanese Gardener Experience

  • 3 Hours
  • ¥11,000 /Person
  • 2-4 People (Private)

Hida-Furukawa (15min from Hida Takayama by Train )
Experience for those who want have hands-on Japanese gardener experience.


The only gardener experience in Japan taught by professional Japanese gardener

  • 08:30AM


    Our guide will meet you at Hida-furukawa station and provide shuttle service to the place where tour starts.

  • 08:40AM

    Yoshiki no sato

    Change into Japanese gardener's outfits at Yoshiki no sato, one of the oldest houses in Hida region with high cultural values.

  • 09:00AM

    Lecture on Japanese garden

    The lecturer gives you an introduction of Japanese garden, specifically more about Zen garden.

  • 09:30AM

    Start hands-on lesson

    After the lecturer's demonstration, you will start creating your own Japanese garden.

  • 10:30AM

    Tea break​

    Having a tea break called "Ippuku" is important part of professional gardener's work.

  • 11:00AM

    Your garden is completed​

    Take a photo of your Japanese garden and get feedback from the lecturer. See whose garden is rated higher by the lecturer

  • 11:30PM

    Back to the station​

    After changing clothes again, our guide will bring you back to Hida-Furukawa station.


Location Hida-Furukawa (15min from Takayama by Train )
Participant Max: 4 person
Min:  2 person
Price ¥11,000/person

・English-speaking guide
・Hands-on experience by Japanese gardener
・Transport to/from Hida Furukawa Station
14 days before start time
Schedule 08:30 / Hida-Furukawa Station
09:00/ Tour Starts
11:30/ End of Tour
Note This is a PRIVATE tour.

Children MUST be over 12 years old

Please inform us of foot size & height of each participant

- cancellation policy

Meeting Place

Hida-Furukawa Station 8, Furukawachō Kanamorichō, Hida, Gifu, Japan


This is the only gardener experience in Japan taught by professional Japanese gardener on a hands-on basis.
Guests are able to change into Japanese gardener's outfits provided by the lecturer.
The lecturer teaches you history of garden & Zen, how to use gardener's tools, how to cut trees, etc, depending on the season. After the demonstration by the lecturer, you will create your own Japanese garden. In the middle, everyone has a tea break called "Ippuku", important part of professional gardener's work.

Hida People

Our lecturer for this experience is the Japanese gardener who is most popular in Hida region. He is very busy but kindly collaborate with us because his dream is to create Japanese garden abroad.

  • Instructor

    Kenji Hayashi

Tour Review

Who loves our tour?

  • Florent Deville

    My dream has come true!

    I always wanted to be a Japanese gardner although I work in a very different industry. This was my lifetime dream. Unbelievably, my dream has come true thanks to Kenji sensei, master of Japanese garden and the lecturer! I was given a hands-on lecture and was able to wear traditional gardener's outfits and cut pine trees. I came back to join this experience again after 3 years. Kenji sense is knowledgeable and funny too! Highly recommended!


  • Is he a professional Japanese gardener?

    Yes. First, he was trained in Kanazawa renowned for its high level of Japanese garden. He came back to his hometown, Hida-Furukawa and started his own company. His techniques and craftsmanship are highly appreciated by locals.

  • Where is the experience held and how can I go to your place?

    The experience is held at one of the oldest houses called "Yoshiki no sato" which is about 10 min from Hida-Furukawa station by car. Please come to Hida Furukawa station by 08:30. Our staff will pick you up and bring to the house. If you stay in Takayama, It is best to take the 07:40 train from Takayama to Hida-Furukawa and to have a morning walk of the town till the meeting time.

  • In case of rain, do you run the tour?

    Basically we don't run the tour in case of the rain for the safety. If we decide to cancel the tour, we will inform you by a day before the tour. (The tour may be cancelled if the previous day’s weather forecast (Japan Meteorological Agency) says the chance of rain is more than 60%. Please be sure to check your email before the tour. If you have any questions, please contact us.) For more details, please have a look at "Cancellation Policy".

  • Is there any age limit?

    Basically only for adults. Children MUST be over 12 years old