The best of Soni village – Sunset tour (charter)

Bask in the evening glow of the Soni Highlands.

Start out at the verdant Kintsuwa shrine and make your way to the stunning Soni Highlands in time for sunset.
*Sunset time varies by season (please enquire for current schedule)

At least 2, and at most 6
Japanese / English
Hard activities
Guide included (Upgradable to a paid guide)
Tour conductor includes
Pick up
Grouped price


  • 2 people32,000
  • 3 people36,000
  • 4 people38,000
  • 5 people40,000

※Not intended for children aged 12 and under.



Arrive at Kizunano sato center

Meet your guide and we will take you to Kintsuba Shrine by car.
*Kizunano sato center is a 3 minutes walk from Taroji bus stop.

*Please contact us if you would like to purchase a round-trip bus ticket from Taroji bus stop to Nabari station


Lunch option 1: Soni Kodama Resort -Tawa-

A traditional country house renovated in a modern Japanese style. Here you can enjoy traditional o-banzai dishes prepared with local ingredients accompanied by rice cooked the old-fashioned way.

  • そに木霊リゾート垰~TAWA~Soni Kodama Resort -TAWA- (closed until end of March)

Lunch option 2: Auberge in the forest ki-ra-ra

Enjoy an elegant French meal accompanied by fantastic views from our mountain Auberge.
*Additional charge

  • きららAuberge in the forest ki-ra-ra

Lunch option 3: Farm Garden

Enjoy curries, pastas, salads & soups made with plenty of seasonal vegetables.
*Additional charge

  • ファームガーデンSoni Highlands Farm Garden (Restaurant & farm shop) Closed until the end of March

Lunch option 4: 2.7 Inn

Famous for its curry and offal udon made with local fruits and vegetables. (Reservation required for vegan meals)

  • ツーセブン2.7 Inn
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Lunch option 5: Hoei Inn

Very popular with locals for its delicious broth in their udon dishes (the recipe is secret!). You can also try a sashimi set meal. Enjoy the taste of old-fashioned home style seasonal cooking.

  • 4.0.1 JPRestaurant Hoei
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Lunch option 6: Restaurant Doi

Featured many times on TV! Enjoy game meat prepared by local hunters.
Choose between boar, pork or chicken hotpot and BBQ.
*Additional charge

  • 土井Resturant Doi

Lunch option 7: Cafe Nekoron (Fri, Sat, Sun only)

Nestled deep in the countryside like something out a picture book is Cafe Nekoron. Tuck in to a brown rice lunch made with seasonal local produce prepared by the warm and friendly owner.

  • ねころんCafe Nekoron (Closed for Winter)

Kintsuwa Shrine

Kintsuwa Shrine is quietly nestled in the mountains. This important site has long been the site of local traditions such as rice cake throwing as well as religious ceremonies. You can enjoy a spot of forest bathing as you breathe in the sweet forest air.


Arrive at the clearing

Halfway up the mountain is a clearing where you can enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Yoroi. Take in the beautiful scenery of Soni Village below from between the basalt pillars that make up the sheer rock face.


[Option] Meditative bodywork session (15mins)

Only with special guide (¥1000 per group). Perfect for those wanting to escape the stress of city life. Practice breathing exercises to calm your mind and relax your body.

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Visit Nara’s natural treasure: a grove of rare hidarimakigaya trees

Hidarimakigaya are rare throughout Japan but on this site they grow in large numbers. Learn about Soni Village’s ‘superfood’: kayanomi (Japanese nutmeg), as well as its history in the village and modern uses. The rocks and mosses along the route are like something out of a storybook


Strolling in the Soni Highlands

Feel the change of the seasons as you walk in the gleaming grassy plains. Learn about the history of the highlands and hear the legend of O-kame pond and the conservation of the pampas grasses and other things only the people of the area know about from a local guide.


End the tour at Kizunano sato center

*Please contact us if you would like to purchase a bus ticket from Taroji bus stop to Nabari station

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